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Nicholas Snow welcomes Sean Rayshel, an openly-gay, third generation American Baha'i who for the past fifteen years has been an advocate for LGBT inclusiveness in the Baha'i Faith. Says the Baha'i official website, "the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith inspire individuals and communities as they work to improve their own lives and contribute to the advancement of civilization." Yet, in a widely circulated letter from the faith's Department of the Secretariat the faith reinforces,"Marriage is a union between a man and a woman, and sexual relations are only permissible between husband and wife." Because of his same-sex marriage (since 2008 to Rich Tarpening), Sean faces the loss of his Administrative Rights and/or expulsion from the Baha'i Faith.
Sean founded the only LGBT Baha'i Twitter account Gay Baha'is United which currently has 1,500 followers, as well as being a co-administrator of the Facebook group "LGBTQ Baha'is and Allies". Recently Sean has taken over the helm of the longest standing LGBT Baha'i online site Gay/Lesbian Baha'i Story Project.
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Jack Gordon is a professional media producer and photographer who for the past decade has created media projects in support of community development programs both in the USA and abroad which focus on human rights, public health, environmental conservation, and education. His credits include short-form advocacy documentaries, television programming, and photo projects for print and web publications.
Coming from a family with Jewish, Christian, and Bahá’í relatives, Gordon has a deeply personal understanding of the importance of building positive interfaith relationships and currently serves on the Board of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington as a representative for the DC area Bahá’í community. At home and abroad, his work strives to reflect a dedication to service, to community-building, and to recognizing the inherent nobility of the entire human family. Visit Jack’s website at www.jackontheroad.com
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Tonight. Nick from Circus Maximus is filling in. He will be joined by Deanna Spingola; Host of Spingola Speaks. Deanna's show airs Tuesdays on AFP and Sundays on RBN. They will be mainly discussing her newest book regarding the Blackstone Memorial (W.E. Blackstone) and breaking down exactly what the implications were from that.
Christian Zionism will be the main focus tonight. We will touch on subjects like British Israelism, Christian Identity, Judaism, Islam, Theosophy, and quite possibly the New World religion, the Bahai Faith. Both Nick and Deanna are Chicago inhabitants and understand that the jewish problem is in their own backyard.
Jack McLean is a long-time Baha'i scholar, poet, creative writer and columnist in Ottawa, Canada.
John Allan/Jack McLean was born in Toronto, Canada on June 7, 1945. He became a Bahá'í in 1962 when he was 16 years old. He holds undergraduate degrees in French literature from the Sorbonne (1968) and French and Religious Studies from Trinity College, the University of Toronto (1970).
He graduated with distinction with an M.A. in the History of Religions from the University of Ottawa (1972) studying under Samaritan religion scholar, professor emeritus Reinhard Pummer (Ph.D Theology, Vienna).
Jack also studied Introductory Persian at the Institute of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto.
Among Jack's teachers were the well-known Islamic scholar, Aziz Ahmad (Islamic History) and the famous literary critic Northrop Frye (Biblical Symbolism). A list of Jack McLean's works are posted at https://sites.google.com/site/mcleantitles/
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