Reflections and Statements

On this page, you will find reflections and statements from the Office of Public Affairs, as well as from individuals from the Bahá’í community who are sharing their own thoughts and reflections on various subjects, topics, and areas of interest.

Below you will find both OPA Reflections and Individual Reflections together, though if you want to just look at OPA Reflections or Individual Reflections, click on the drop-down menu above.

Reflections on Speech

As 2018 draws to a close, the issue of speech has once again taken centre stage. Persistent commentary via thought and opinion pieces, essays and news stories, continues to analyse and evaluate the contribution that freedom of speech makes towards the advancement of society. Current concerns range across a spectrum from censorship to hate speech. The need to reflect together on the purpose of dialogue, as well as the manner in which we converse, has never been more urgent. Perhaps beyond the freedom of speech debate is a more profound concern: the context in which this liberty is expressed. We celebrate concepts like debate, argument and persuasion. Diametrically opposed positions are often

"Sincerity is the foundation-stone of faith. That is, a religious individual must disregard his personal desires and seek in whatever way he can wholeheartedly to serve the public interest"

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá

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