>>>Juan Cole became a member of the Bahá’í Faith in 1972 as an undergraduate at Northwestern, and the religion later became a focus of his academic research. He resigned from the Bahai Faith in 1996 after disputes with Bahá’í leadership concerning the Bahá’í system of administration.<<<
No wonder that the article has the tone and rancor it has. Baha’is are, by far, some of the kindest, fairest, best centered and most decent human beings I’ve ever met. Their religious views might be called Quaker with a Middle Eastern twist. The Baha’i writings tell believers that the United States a shining light for the world to follow. The Baha’is are tolerant to a fault, and explictly expound that we are one human family. The administrative structure of the Baha’i faith closely resembles a New England town meeting, and believers vote in representatives to handle the affairs of national assemblies.
The fact that this writer couldn’t put up with that tells me all I need to know about him.