134 The Subject Of Boys #107

The word translated here as boys has, in this context, in the Arabic

original, the implication of paederasty. Shoghi Effendi has interpreted

this reference as a prohibition on all homosexual relations.

The Baha'i teachings on sexual morality centre on marriage and the family

as the bedrock of the whole structure of human society and are designed to

protect and strengthen that divine institution. Baha'i law thus restricts

permissible sexual intercourse to that between a man and the woman to whom

he is married.

In a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi it is stated:

No matter how devoted and fine the love may be between people of

the same sex, to let it find expression in sexual acts is wrong.

To say that it is ideal is no excuse. Immorality of every sort is

really forbidden by Baha'u'llah, and homosexual relationships He

looks upon as such, besides being against nature. To be afflicted

this way is a great burden to a conscientious soul. But through

the advice and help of doctors, through a strong and determined

effort, and through prayer, a soul can overcome this handicap.

Baha'u'llah makes provision for the Universal House of Justice to

determine, according to the degree of the offence, penalties for adultery

and sodomy (Q and A 49).

133 It Is Forbidden You To Wed Your Fathers' Wives #107 135 To None Is It Permitted To Mutter Sacred Verses Before The Public Gaze As He Walketh In The Street Or Marketplace #108 facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail