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bullet.gif (837 bytes) The Bahá'ís
bullet.gif (837 bytes) Unity in Diversity
bullet.gif (837 bytes) Bahá'u'lláh
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Social and Moral
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Spiritual Beliefs of
the Bahá'í Faith
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) A System for
Global Governance
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) A Century of
Growth and
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) New Approaches
to Old Problems
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Towards the New
World Order

Non-involvement in partisan politics

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.

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