Saturday, July 25, 2009

Thoughts on Gender Equality

Today the world has set aside time for remebering those who are imprisoned in Iran. Those brave souls recognize the importance of gender equality. They would like to see equal treatment for women in Iran.

When Abdu'l-Baha was here in the United States he spoke about the equality of men and women. Today, seven Baha'is have been in an Iranian prison for more than one year, because they follow the teachings of Baha'u'llah, the father of Abdu'l-Baha. Here is one statement that Abdu'l-Baha made while in the United States:

"In the estimation of God there is no gender. The one whose deeds aremore worthy, whose sayings are better, whose accomplishments are moreuseful is nearest and dearest in the estimation of God, be that onemale or female. When we look upon creation, we find the male andfemale principle apparent in all phenomena of existence. In thevegetable kingdom we find the male and female fig tree, the male andfemale palm, the mulberry tree and so on. All plant life ischaracterized by this difference in gender, but no distinction orpreference is evidenced. ... The world of humanity is possessed of twowings: the male and the female. So long as these two wings are notequivalent in strength, the bird will not fly. ..."

The above passage comes from the book Promulgation of Universal Peace.

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