Quote: Originally Posted by Goober
Tell that to the Bahia in Iran- The Shia in Pakistan-
Minority sects within Islam are persecuted by the majority and I believe can meet the standards of Genocide.
I profess the Baha'i Faith myself.
In the case of Baha'is, genocide would be the wrong word since we're not an ethnic group but rather a worldwide religious community representing ethnic groups from around the world. for instance, I myself am a French-Canadian, and about a third of Baha'is in Canada are indigenous Canadians.
Of course Baha'is are being persecuted in Iran and there is a concerted effort to exterminate the community, which is just as bad as genocide. There is a distinct difference though in that, since it's a non-ethnic religious community, many Baha'is were raised Muslim or in another religion, which is sometimes the case even in Iran in spite of the persecution, or have Muslim family members. After all, the Baha'i Faith is a young religion and so has not established any kind of ethnic roots as such.
For this reason, as severely persecuted as Baha'is are in Iran, one challenge that the authorities face which is not normally faced in traditional cases of genocide is the impact it has on the non-baha'i family members of Baha'is. In fact, the main reason for the persecution is its spread among Muslims. So essentially, the Baha'i community of Iran is fully integrated into the larger community, which is very different from what one faces in more usual cases of what we think of as genocide.