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About

Just a Bahai Blog

~personal views on issues related to the Bahai Faith~

I am Sonja van Kerkhoff, an artist and a Bahai living in the Netherlands. I’ve recently started another blog, “Bahai Belief” which has short explanations of diverse Bahai Teachings, aimed at a general overview for inquirers. And there’s another of the Bahai Writings as audio files.

I started this blog in response to being blocked from a Dutch Bahai discussion list (30th August 2009). My first blog explains what this is about
and now I use this blog for any Bahai related stuff I write which often are responses to comments made by Bahais.

For what I do go to art or design or see our 2012-2013 art projects here.
I also have a blog for media, travel, and music related stuff and a blog that is more focussed on media, music and contemporary art here

You can search for particular blogs, themes or words under FIND and make any suggestions for things you are looking for, below. Rather than post these, I’ll try to solve the problem or turn this into a blog.

If you wish to comment anonymously on my blog, mark your comment at the beginning with the word ANONYMOUS or ANON and then I’ll add this myself indicating that it was sent by ZZ or XX, etc.

12 comments

  1. Dear Sonja,

    Thanx for your interesting blog. I found your site both professionaly as private. I am working on behalf of an organisation which tries to stimulate the discussion in public about social acceptance of homosexuality within religious groups.
    Privately I am interested in the Bahai religion and homosexual which is indeed a dilemma.

    As I am not a Bahai I did not experience any negative approach from Bahai community, but I am shocked when I read your blog.

    Thanks for bringing this into the public.

    Kind regards


  2. Thanks / Bedankt Remco

    You might find this link of interest > http://gaybahai.net
    There are many stories from gay Bahais which would give you an idea of how they have been treated.

    My biggest problem is with the double standards. Bahais will say there is no discrimination and will even say to me that they have gay friends, etc, who they treat with equality, but… then, without flinching say, something like it is a Bahai Law that gays may not marry or worse, associate healthy individuals with disease or abuse.
    Here’s a link to a response I gave someone who asked “Can I become a Bahai if I am openly Gay?”
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100519145457AAftaZp

    As a Bahai myself, I think that there is most certainly room for gays to be treated with equality within the Bahai community: hence one of the reasons for this blog🙂

    If you have material online (in Nederlands is prima) about your organization, please post a link.


  3. Hey there Sonja,

    And thank you so much for this blog and your effort to discuss the issue of homosexuality in the Bahá’í Faith.

    I was born and raised in the Faith, and have always been an active member of the community up to the day when I realized I am gay. I believe in Bahá’u’lláh and His teachings, and try to live my life according to them, but I never found the courage to come out of the closet to my bahá’í friends and community. Since I am out in every other aspect of my life, and don’t feel comfortable hiding this, I ended up distancing myself from everyone. I miss being part of this.

    I came across your blog in an effort to try to find Bahá’ís in my new country of residence. I am originally from another country, but moved to Brussels a little over a year ago for work. I made peace with the fact that I am gay a long time ago. I never made peace with the fact that I am no longer an active member of the Bahá’í community. I’m trying to find my way back, and reading your blog gave me hope that there might be one. I always thought I just had to accept that I would never be accepted in the community if I was gay. Knowing that there are people like you, who not only accept us, but fight for our acceptance and back it up with scripture was truly a blessing.

    I couldn’t find your email to contact you directly, but I guess I am looking for bahá’ís in the area and found your blog… I was hoping I could get in touch with you somehow. Since this is a public comment, I don’t feel very comfortable getting into too much detail here, but you will have my email in your files there.

    Once again, thank you so much for everything you’ve been doing, and I do hope our paths cross someday🙂


    • I feel honoured that you made contact! Thanks!


  4. Hi, I was wondering if I could interview you for my world religions internal. Please get back to me a as soon as you can.


    • Sure, we can do the interview here online.


    • So I really only have three questions but it would be lovely if you could expand them.
      1) Does the Baha’i faith accept differing sexualities? (I know that they don’t but I have to ask as if I do not know that)
      2) Why doesn’t the faith accept differing sexualities? I’ve done some research and most of what I have read has said its due to the last leader had died without calling a successor so then no one can change the interpretations which are like a law? This is all mostly from the Internet so please correct me on anything.
      3) How do you feel/think the message of unity compares to their accepting of differing sexualities?


    • i will respond tomorrow. I have some other deadlines today. In short, though: I am a Bahai and I see no reason for any Bahai community not to accept gays or lesbians on equal terms. I assume this is what you mean by “differing sexualities” right?


  5. Also sorry i forgot to add this 4) Do you care if i use your name in reference to my assignment, if so what would you like to be referred to as and if not would you like to be known as anonymous?


    • Not a problem, I have nothing to hide but I would like you to refer to my blog so any inquiries can go there. Sonja van Kerkhoff, who runs the blog justabahai.wordpress.com Sonja is a New Zealand/Dutch Bahai based in the Netherlands.


    • Okay thank you so much!!


    • sorry I have been on the road for a while and forgot about this. What is your deadline?



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