|Shonky Effendy sitting on the lap and Charles Mason Remey standing extreme left.|
Answer by dear Larry Rowe :
Baha'i's cannot explain this issue. Not with even an iota of intellectual integrity at least, hence the avoidance.
Because it is much easier to side step this issue than to face up to the unavoidable conclusions that a person must draw when this issue is dealt with face on.
Because if this issue was not avoided then the issue of Abbas Effendi's ( Abdu'l-Baha's) and Mirz Husayn Ali's ( Baha'u'llah's) shunning of their own brothers and their brother's families would have to be examined in the light of reason as well.
This in the face of the fact that Mirza Husayn Ali supposedly had:
"nullified and abolished" the practice of shunning: Whatsoever hath led the children of men to shun one another, and hath caused dissensions and divisions amongst them, hath, through the revelation of these words, been nullified and abolished.
(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 95)
When these facts are examined in the light of reason, when these facts are examined using intellectual integrity it becomes very apparent that Mirza Husayn Ali, Abbas Effendi, as well as Shoghi Effendi were all quite obviously hypocrites; hypocrites who clearly did not practice what they preached; hypocrites who were only mummers of the teaching of the oneness of humanity; hypocrites who practiced it's opposite: the division of humanity, even amongst their own family members.
So much for the efficacy of the Baha'i faith to unify humanity.