Jewish Journal


July 8, 2009

Steve McNair’s death ruled murder-suicide


Nashville police today classified Steve McNair’s death as the murder of a murder-suicide carried out by a girlfriend whose life was spinning out of control. McNair’s murder shed some ugly light on an otherwise clean football superstar. But God has been almost entirely absent from the stories that have followed.

A few stories have mentioned that Sahel Kazemi’s family fled Iran because they were being persecuted as Baha’i, a religion that preaches unity among all the marriage faiths. We learn nothing, though, about what being Baha’i meant to Kazemi or her family or, for that matter, what Baha’is even believe.

I just wrote something about this for GetReligion. Here’s how it ends:

As you can imagine, murder is forbidden by the Baha’i. So too are alcohol and drugs — another knock on Kazemi. As for adultery, that’s, to use a Christian expression, a cardinal sin.

Marriage, according to Baha’u’llah, is “a fortress for well-being and salvation” and the foundation for human unity.

Read the rest here.

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