November 26, 2011 - Holiday for Baha'i Faith and Islam and Church/State Separation Week!

Today is...
Day of the Covenant in the Baha'i Faith

Baha'i temples and
the Shrine of the Bab
On this day, Baha'i celebrate the appointment of Abdu'l-Baha as the second leader of the Baha'i Faith, after the death of founder Baha'u'llah. The Baha'i Faith was founded in the 1800s in Persia—the land that is now Iran. It teaches that there is only one god and that the founders of many different faiths—such as Abraham, the Buddha, Jesus, and Mohammed—all speak about the same god and have truths to offer. The most recent special messengers from god, according to the Baha'i faith, are the Bab and Baha'u'llah.

Today is also...
Islamic New Year (Al Hijra)

A Muslim mosque
From sunset yesterday to sunset today, it is the first day of the first month – Muharram – on the Islamic calendar. On this day in 622 C.E. (Islamic Year 1), Mohammed moved from Mecca to Medina. This is a low-key holiday, but many Muslims make “New Year Resolutions.”

Also, it is...
In the United States, the First Amendment of the Constitution states, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...” What that means is that there cannot be one religion picked out by the government as the “right” religion, and given special privileges. The government can't make us all join a particular religion, of course, nor can it make us attend church services or celebrate religious holidays. People of all religions and people of no religion have equal status under the law.

This is one of the really good ideas the American “founding fathers” came up with. It protects religious people and non-religious people, people in a majority religion as well as people in a minority religion, religion and government. Nations such as Australia and Brazil have instituted similar language in their constitutions.

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