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Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union A Compilation From the Bahá'í Writings, #38

Compiled by the Research Department of the Universal House of Justice

He does not endorse, however, the circulation of the statement on communism, and considers that if such a document fell into the hands of the wrong people it could cause a great deal of harm, especially in those countries where the believers are living under Soviet rule or in states strongly influenced by communism. The issues touched upon are too vital and too interwoven with present- day politics for us to make any written comment upon them. However he feels that orally pioneers could be apprised of these things and warned to be extremely discreet in communicating our viewpoints to those they teach in Europe, and elsewhere. The word communism cannot be dissociated from the Soviet Political Regime, and great wisdom is required to make our viewpoint clear without giving the impression we are for or against any existing government.

(7 July 1947 on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States and Canada)

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