A New York Times article on the decline of Zoroastrians completely omits their widespread oppression in Iran, where the religion was founded! The article discusses the dwindling number of Zoroastrians —one of the oldest faiths in the world and one that provided the theological underpinning of other faiths (primarily Judaism. Christianity and Islam) — around the world.
The reporters describe the declining fertility rates, the problem of intermarriage, and voluntary conversion. The report discusses "the Zoroastrians' mobility and adaptability" and their faith's encouragement of opportunity for women (which has led to their professional success, but has led to fewer babies) as being contributing factors behind the demographic decline.
But the article completely omits one of the notable reasons behind its decline: severe persecution in Iran, where the religion was founded.
If there is any nation in the world where one of the central principles of the Zoroastrians (the sharp distinction between good and evil) might be usefully applied it is Iran—which has mercilessly oppressed its native Zoroastrians (as well as Bahais, Jews, Christians, Sunnis, and Kurds).
Will the New York Times ever find any acts by Iran objectionable?
Ed Lasky 9 06 06