|Following a framework set down by
Bahá'u'lláh, Bahá'í communities conduct their business through
a distinctive system of freely elected governing councils that challenge commonly accepted
ideas about the inherent limitations of democracy.
The Bahá'í teachings also stress the importance of obedience to civil
government and laws. While Bahá'ís may accept non-partisan government posts or
appointments, they do not engage in partisan political activity-- including the discussion
of individual candidates or parties. As individuals, however, Bahá'ís are free to vote
according to their conscience in civic elections.
Questions about money--or,
how Bahá'ís raise funds
Bahá'u'lláh forbade accepting funds
for Bahá'í purposes from outside sources in any form. Accordingly, Bahá'í Institutions
are supported solely by the registered membership of the Bahá'í Faith.
Bahá'ís are encouraged to give to the Bahá'í Fund on a
regular basis. Local and national finances are usually discussed at each Nineteen-Day
Feast. All individual contributions are, however, strictly voluntary and confidential.