I am a former Baha’i, from what I understand Baha’is are discouraged to participate in any kind of protest and demonstration. One person wrote the UHJ asking about about taking part in Anti-War demonstrations.
The Universal House of Justice, Department of the Secretariat replied:
…You state that there are large-scale demonstrations…and you inquire about the appropriateness of Bahá’ís participating in demonstrations for peace.…while these activities are generally carried out in the name of peace, such occasions are motivated by highly political and controversial sentiments at a time of turmoil and confusion in the world.… to become associated with such activities, it could also be harmful to the interests of the Faith internationally. … As you can no doubt understand, Bahá’í participation in public demonstrations involving controversial issues would undermine the Faith’s essential purpose of promoting unity in all aspects of human affairs…
(2003 Mar 27, Participation in Anti-War Demonstrations)
When I was a Baha’i, this passage was a huge turnoff for me. How is it possible that we could stand for peace and yet, not protest a needless war? We’re not picking sides; we’re just telling both parties to not engage in war!
On the other hand Baha’is have been demonstrating the so called illegal detention of their ‘friends’ in Iran.
I have seen a hypocrisy here. When people of other faiths are killed Baha’is avoid any actions stating that it could be partisan. But when Baha’i friends are ‘persecuted’ (or Prosecuted?) Baha’is with their non-Baha’i friends take out march and protest!
I think, the UHJ interferes in Political affairs specially if it is against Iran. Check some UHJ letters here that exposes UHJ’s political activities.
So much, in the name of Unity of Mankind!
One Baha’i speaker went much far to state that this is all the plan of Baha’u’llah and that Baha’is should see the destruction of Old World Order and work to establish a Baha’i New World Order.
Ex Baha’i from Tanzania – Prithvi Singh