1933-01-26 ltr of Abdu’l-Baha to Chase in 1907
USBN #72 - April 1933 - page 4
re: Tablet which the Master revealed to Mr. Thornton Chase in 1907.
"The Guardian fully recognizes the authenticity and controlling influence of
this instruction from Abdu'l-Baha upon the question. He, however, feels under the
responsibility of stating that the attitude taken by the Master implies certain
reservations. He, therefore, lays it upon the individual conscience to see that in
following the Master's instructions no Baha'i vote for an officer (i.e., in a
civil election) nor Baha'i participation in the affairs of the Republic shall
involve acceptance by that individual of a program or policy that contravenes any
vital principle, spiritual or social, of the Faith."
I feel it incumbent upon me to clarify the above statement, written on my
behalf, by stating that no vote cast, nor office undertaken, by a Baha'i, should
necessarily constitute acceptance, by the voter or office-holder, of the entire
program of any political party. No Baha'i can be regarded as either a Republican
or Democrat as such. He is, above all else, the supporter of the principles
enunciated by Baha'u'llah, with which, I am firmly convinced, the program of no
political party is completely harmonious.
Your true brother, SHOGHI."