Sonjel Vreeland, member of the Baha'i Faith Charlottetown Centre, in Prince Edward Island


Listen Sonjel Vreeland, member of the Baha’i Faith Charlottetown Centre, in Prince Edward Island, explains the principles of her religion and talks about the social function of the Baha’i centre in her city. Sonjel Vreeland also explains to us how everyone can become Baha’i by choice, and never through family or by obligation

In this interview, listeners will get a glimpse of a relatively new and spreading religion in Canada that, in a sense, embraces many others.


COEXISTENCE: Different religious denominations living side by side, usually peacefully.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: A form of relaxation of the law or a regulation aimed at combatting discrimination caused by the strict application of a norm that, in certain of its effects, infringes on a citizen’s right to equality.

DIALOGUE: An exchange, usually verbal, between two or more people or groups with the aim of reaching a consensus or an agreement. Dialogue implies a speaker and a listener.

MULTICULTURALISM: A term used in Canada to refer to the coexistence of different cultures in society.

BOUCHARD-TAYLOR: The name of the commission chaired by Gérard Bouchard and Charles Taylor that was created in February 2007 to examine accommodation practices related to cultural differences.

NEUTRALITY: The attitude of a person or an organization that refrains from taking sides. The principle adopted by Canada in religious matters.

INTERCULTURAL: A term used to describe dialogue aimed at bringing different cultural communities closer together.

SECULARISM: The principle of legal separation of government and religion that implies that a government is impartial and neutral toward all religious denominations and that freedom of thought is upheld.

ECUMENISM: Efforts by Christians to restore unity between the three main Christian churches (Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant).

POLYTHEISM: A religious doctrine or philosophical system that states there are several gods.

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6 comments on “Democracy and Religions – BAHA’I FAITH: A RELIGION THAT EMBRACES MANY OTHERS
  1. Lee says:

    Thanks for the interesting discussion.
    Is the name of the group “Baha’i” or “Baha’L”? It sounded like the announcer and the interviewee were pronouncing different words.

    • Edward Harman says:

      The faith is Baha’i – the members are Baha’is or Friends. The founder of the faith was Baha’u’llah. Pronounced Ba – Ha – Oou – La. Baha’u’llah is a title and means The Glory of God.

  2. Isabella says:


    I believe that truth is something else. Bahais consider Non Baha’is as Animals

    «قل یا ایها الحمیر انّا حفظناه و ربّیناه و وصفناه و اذکرناه … نعلم ما علّمک ابیک فى اللّیالی و الایام و وسوس فى صدرک و نفخ فیک من روحى الّتى بها ینقلب کلّ انسانٍ و یصیر حمیرا»

    “Say, Oh you donkey! We protected him and nurtured him and praised him and remembered him… we know what your father taught you in the nights and days. He whispered into your breast and blew into you from my spirit that transforms all men into donkeys.” (Baha’u’llah, Athar-i Qalam-i A`la, vol. 2, no. 86, p. 542-3).

  3. Jose Padilla says:

    In the New Testament, we read about Paul who had a personal encounter with Jesus. His name was Saul. In the book of Acts (NKJV), Chapter 8, Verse 3, we have a quick description of Saul. I says: “As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.” In Chap. 9, vs. 1, 2. It says: “Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord [Jesus], went to the high priest 2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way [followers of Jesus], whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.” This is Paul before having a personal encounter with Jesus. What follows is what happened to Saul. Chap. 9, vs. 3-6. It says: ” As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” 5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” 6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” …” From that moment on, Saul is going to become, what we know now, Paul, the apostle. “Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.”(Chap. 9, v. 20). “But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.” (Chap. 9, v. 22). The Jews were confounded because Saul was one of them. Today many people have had a personal encounter with Jesus, and their lives have been totally changed because they made a PERSONAL DECISION. It is not about a religion. It is not by birth, or a family tradition.

  4. nb says:

    1) “everyone can become Baha’i by choice, and never through family or by obligation” What a farce. Of course someone raised in a Baha’i home is statistically much more likely to become a Baha’i than they are a Hindu or a Christian.

    2) The Baha’i Faith is only progressive in the Islamic sense, with the belief that earlier prophets’ messages were distorted over time.

    3) Baha’i claims to be