Monday, October 22, 2007

On Human Amity: For the Sake of Humanity

This important announcement was posted in the comments section for this previous post on the exemplary Baha'i figure Louis Gregory. -gw

We are holding a Louis Gregory family reunion in 2008 in Charleston SC and on Veterans Day November 11 2007

I am also very interested in meeting all families who named individuals Louis George Gregory, so that we can include them in a parrallel family reunion.


The following text can be found as "inspiration" on the website at -gw

"Racism, one of the most baneful and persistent evils, is a major barrier to peace. Its practice perpetrates too outrageous a violation of the dignity fo human beings to be countenanced under any pretext. Racism retards the unfoldment of the boundless potentialities of its victims, corrupts its perpetrators, and blights human progress. Recognition of the oneness of mankind, implemented by appropriate legal measures, must be universally upheld if this problem is to be overcome… World order can be found only on an unshakable consciousness of the oneness of mankind, a spiritual truth which all the human sciences confirm. Anthropology, physiology, psychology, recognize only one human species, albeit infinitely varied in the secondary aspects of life. Recognition of this truth requires abandonment of prejudice – prejudice of every kind –race, class, color, creed, nation, sex, egrese of material civilization, everything which enables people to consider themselves superior to others.”
(The Universal House of Justice, The Promise of World Peace, pp. 25-29)

“Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
(Matthew 22:39)

“Until she spoke no Christian nation had abolished negro slavery. Until she spoke, the slave trade was sanctioned by all the Christian nations of the world, and our land of liberty and light included…The freedom of Haiti was not g iven as a boon, but conquered as a right! Her people fought for it. It is well said that a people to whom freedom is given can never wear it as grandly as can they who have fought and suffered to gain it. … Haiti has grandly served the cause of universal human liberty. We should not forget that the freedom you and I enjoy to-day; the freedom that has come to the colored race the world over, is largely due to the brave stand taken by the black sons, of Haiti ninety years ago. When they struck for freedom, they built better than they knew. They were linked and interlinked with their race, and striking for their freedom, they struck for the freedom of every black man in the world. … her proximity; her similar government and her large and increasing commerce with us, should alone make us deeply interested in her welfare, her history, her progress and her possible destiny. … I predict that out of civil strife, revolution and war, there will come a desire for peace. Out of division will come a desire for union; out of weakness a desire for strength, out of ignorance a desire for knowledge, and out of stagnation will come a desire for progress. I will not, I cannot believe that her star is to go out in darkness, but I will rather believe that whatever may happen of peace or war Haiti will remain in the firmament of nations, and , like the star of the north, will shine on and shine on forever.”

(Frederick Douglass former United States Minister to the Republic of Haiti speaks of the Haitian-American Oneness or Youn in 1893 )
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