Marchers in Rio call for freedom to believe


A message of human solidarity from a medieval Persian poet was prominently displayed at Rio’s famous Copacabana beach, as part of this year’s Walk in Defense of Religious Liberty.
Human rights group, United4Iran, in collaboration with the Brazilian Baha’i community unfurled a large banner containing a text by Sa’di which is also to be found displayed at the entrance of the United Nations headquarters in New York. In translation, it reads: “Human beings are members of a whole/In creation of one essence and soul./If one member is afflicted with pain,/Other members uneasy will remain./If you’ve no sympathy for human pain,/The name of human you cannot retain.”

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From: Bahá’í World News Service

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