Democracy

Consider what a vast difference exists between modern democracy and the old forms of despotism. Under an autocratic government the opinions of men are not free, and development is stifled, whereas in democracy, because thought and speech are not restricted, the greatest progress is witnessed.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 197

I desire this station for you and I pray God that the people of America may achieve this great end in order that the virtue of this democracy may be insured and their names be glorified eternally.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 230

I pray God that the people of America may achieve this great end in order that the virtue of this democracy may be ensured and their names be glorified eternally.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 145

It is my hope that the great American democracy may be instrumental in developing these hidden resources and that a bond of perfect amity and unity may be established between the American republic and the government of Persia.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 35

May the American people and their government unite in their efforts in order that this light may dawn from this point and spread to all regions, for this is one of the greatest bestowals of God. In order that America may avail herself of this opportunity, I beg that you strive and pray with heart and soul, devoting all your energies to this end: that the banner of international peace may be upraised here and that this democracy may be the cause of the cessation of warfare in all other countries.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 83-84

Now, praise be to God! in all countries of the world, lovers of peace are to be found and these principles are being spread among mankind, especially in this country. Praise be to God! this thought is prevailing and souls are continually arising as defenders of the oneness of humanity, endeavoring to assist and establish international peace. There is no doubt that this wonderful democracy will be able to realize it and the banner of international agreement will be unfurled here to spread onward and outward among all the nations of the world.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 234