Why Do Bahais Deny the UHJ Being Clergy?

The Bahais have a weird habit of denying truth and reality. One of the many Baha’i denials is that they insist that there is no clergy in the Bahai Faith. They seem to forget that the UHJ, the institution within the Bahai Faith that has the power to legislate laws, excommunicate etc runs exactly like a clergy being it is a clergy.

 Bahais like to insist that the clergy are a bunch of paid people who are given duties that are ritualistic and that the UHJ is not doing rituals. But the simple fact remains that Bahais do regard the UHJ as infallible, thus making them a special class of people with the Faith. Furthermore, the UHJ, as mentioned before, is given the power to legislate and excommunicate people.

Bahai Clergy (or Mullahs) UHJ - Infallible members of Bahai Faith

Bahai Clergy (or Mullahs) UHJ – Infallible members of Bahai Faith

Bahais say: “Only the institution of the Universal House of Justice is infallible, not the people who make it up.“

 Our Reply: O.K. it means that 6 donkeys + 3 donkeys = 1 horse! What a logic!

Bahais say: “The House of Justice does not constitute a clergy because they are an elected body, not a group of professional priests or ministers.”

Our Reply :You are trying to redefine what clergy. For your information, the Webster dictionary defines clergy as “the official or sacerdotal class of a non-Christian religion”

The UHJ definitely falls in that category. Being elected or not is not the issue, and furthermore, the Pope for example is elected, thus making another hole in your extremely weak argument. The UHJ is a class within Bahais that are apart from the rest of “regular” Bahais – they are given the power to legislate, excommunicate, etc. Regular Bahais just can’t go and legislate and excommunicate people.

Reality proves beyond a doubt that the UHJ is a clergy. Average Bahais do not have such powers and rights. Average Bahais are not considered infallible either.

So by definition, the UHJ being a special class of people in Bahaism that has the power to excommunicate, legislate, etc is CLERGY, no matter whether Bahais like it or not.

Why do Bahais continue to insist that they have no clergy?

Possibly, it could be so as to make Bahaism more “palatable” to people who are fed up with the clergy of other religions. By covering up the fact that Bahaism has a clergy, it is just another example of the deceptive nature of this secular humanist cult dressed up in religious clothing.

About imranshaykh
I am a student of comparative religion with a special interest in Islam and The Bahai Faith

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