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Q&A: Baha'i all about unity

Actor Rainn Wilson goofs around during an appearance on MTV’s TRL in New York City.

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Actor Rainn Wilson goofs around during an appearance on MTV’s TRL in New York City.

Baha'i is all about unity

I heard an interview with Rainn Wilson, from The Office, in which he said he was a member of the Baha'i faith. What do they believe in?

An estimated 5-million people in 200 countries are members of the Baha'i faith, including actor Rainn Wilson, who plays the ultra-geeky Dwight from NBC's The Office.

The religion was founded by Baha'u'llah in 1863 in Iran. Its position is that humanity is a single race and that the day has come for unification into a single global society. It believes there have been messengers of God, which include Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Christ and Mohammed, who have tried to convince others to accept that oneness and to help the unification process.

Among the principles embraced by Baha'is, according to their Web site, are eliminating prejudice and extremes of wealth and poverty, "assuring women full equality with men, universal education, establishing a global commonwealth of nations and that true religion is in harmony with reason and the pursuit of scientific knowledge."

For more, see www.bahai.org.

Lead in turf no risk to children

Earlier this year the government was supposed to be investigating whether children playing on artificial athletic field surfaces were exposed to lead. What was the finding?

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's study indicates children are not at risk from exposure to lead in synthetic athletic fields. The study showed the newer the field, the lower the chance of lead exposure. Older fields used more lead, but none released enough lead to be harmful to children. Lead is in pigments used to color turf.

The agency does recommend that young children playing on such surfaces wash their hands afterward, and especially before eating.

The evaluation can be accessed at www.cpsc.gov; search "turf assessment."

Google AP college poll voters

The AP College Football Poll prides itself on the fact that its voters' ballots are made public every week during the college football season. Where can I go to find the voting results from the sportswriters who vote in the AP poll?

The AP college football poll voters do agree to release their votes each week during the season. The AP puts together an online interactive featuring each poll voter's ballot. To find it, do a Google search for AP college poll voters and click on the item slugged News from the Associated Press (it should be the first one you see). It shows the voters, their affiliations and how they voted. This link only shows the results for the final vote of the 2007 season. But when college football teams are in action, the results are posted each week.

Q&A: Baha'i all about unity 08/24/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:32pm]
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