Religion: Baha'i

Drama is essential to the launching of a new religion. Christian Science was the rare exception; Mary Baker Eddy started it in 1866 simply by having a revelation. Conforming to the rule is another latter-day faith, Baha'i, which commemorated last week with services in 65 cities in the U. S. Its drama, not unlike the Christian Good Friday, was a drama of martyrdom.

In the public square of Tabriz, Persia, 81 years ago last week, 31-year-old Mirza Ali Mohammad was stoned and shot to death with "a thousand...

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