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the prophets of the Bahai's...

When I talked to the Baha'i woman this week about their prejudice against gays and lesbians, she said Baha'ullah knew it was genetic because he spoke for God.  The Baha'is believe that all the prophets have come to bring God to people of those times.  Moses, Muhammed, Christ, are all considered prophets by Baha'is.

If Baha'ullah knew all there is to know about homosexuality, does that mean Muhammed and Moses were also correct about the idea that gays and lesbians should be beaten or killed for being gay and lesbian?  Does it mean that the countries who currently execute gays and lesbians are justified because they are following the Quran? 

Were Muhammed and Moses and Baha'ullah talking to the people of their time?  Are we to follow what they suggest we do?  Do you think gays and lesbians should be executed for loving someone of the same gender?

(please feel free to post this on other forums and, if i may ask, would you include a link to those forums, etc., in comments to this post so i can follow them).
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Baha'u'llah did not address the subject of "gays and lesbians" as we know it today. What he did write was this (in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p 58) "We shrink, for very shame, from treating of the subject of boys. Fear ye the Merciful, O peoples of the world! Commit not that which is forbidden you in Our Holy Tablet, and be not of those who rove distractedly in the wilderness of their desires." There is further explanation that "the word translated here as “boys” has, in this context, in the Arabic original, the implication of paederasty." I personnally do not think that pederasty, which was common in the Iranian culture in the mid 1800's, should be interpreted as gay or lesbian behavior. This does not change the Baha'i prohibition against homosexuality; I just want to be clear on what Baha'u'llah said. Please do not confuse what the Prophets have said or written with what the followers do in the name of their religion.