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Friday, September 25, 2009 at 03:59PM
We were new in town, and attending a public meeting at the home of Baha'i friends seemed like a good way to meet people we might want to become friends with. As we sat around chatting, I dropped the phrase "gays and lesbians" as part of the conversation. Immediately one of the Baha'is there made a dramatic gesture to indicate that this was a disgusting topic of conversation. Shocked by the rudeness of this man's behavior, I glanced quickly toward my husband, who happens to be gay, and sure enough little puffs of steam were beginning to come out his ears - always a bad sign. I beat a hasty retreat and changed the topic of conversation.
This squelched any chance that my husband, who was interested in and feeling positive toward the Baha'i Faith, would ever consider becoming a Baha'i.
The moral of this little tale is that, if you must exhibit disgust at the mention of gay people, you should do so when you are utterly alone. Because it's true what gays say, "We are everywhere." You just never know who might be sitting next to you. And perhaps Baha'is should think about what it is they believe.