Friday, July 21, 2017

In 1986, the NSA of the United States formally dissolved the LSA of Los Angeles.

On 19 July 1986, "the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States formally dissolved the Local Spiritual Assembly (LSA) of the Baha'is of Los Angeles, then a community of some 1200 adult believers and among the larger urban Baha'i communities."

Juan Cole's article "Race, Immorality and Money in the American Baha'i Community: Impeaching the Los Angeles Spiritual Assembly", published in the journal Religion, "analyses the dissolution of the Baha'i local assembly of Los Angeles in 1986–88 by the National Assembly. Official explanations for this move focused on lapses in morality and administrative discipline, but local interviewees, as well as some official pronouncements, suggest that the conflict had two roots: the globalisation of the community and resultant ethnic conflict among whites, African–Americans and newly immigrant Iranians; and national/local conflicts over power and money. Low-information elections, the unaccountability of elected officials, censorship and difficulties in acknowledging social conflict were the causes of these episodes in the Baha'i religion."

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