Joey Tabaco's Web Page on
The Bahá'í Faith
|Those that know me, find
my links inadequate, as to how a NYC born and bred, baby boomer, greaser,
who inconsequently also happens to be a 2nd generation Filipino-American,
from a very traditional Roman Catholic family, managed to find the Baha'i
Faith in the heart of the Bible Belt. Well, one of the most eloquent
Baha'is' I personally know still admits to being a Texas Redneck. So here's
sort of an explanation.
"At once the Spirit made him go into the desert, where he stayed forty days, being tempted by Satan. Wild animals were there also, but angels came and helped him." Mark 1.12-13, Good News Bible (Today's English Version) 1976
I didn't want to go to what I thought was the desert of the West Texas Panhandle. But duty called and I had to reluctantly go. There was lots of wine and women, but no song there when I arrived. I spent more time in the NCO Club than in the barracks, which finally ended me up in the Base Hospital for more than several weeks.
While in the hospital, the Baha'is were the only ones who showed up, one of whom was a weirdo from the barracks. None of the buddies who I drank and caroused with, or the women we hung around with, bothered to show. It was months after that before I even began to figure out what they were talking about, let alone believe what they were saying.
Actually it was a bit too fantastic and far too high on the moral ground for me to think I could climb to. But I finally reluctantly signed on and have yet to find the top of the mountain. I've fallen off more cliffs and sunk into more valleys than I care to remember since then. But I haven't given up thanks to what I think I believe in.
I find it gets harder, taking even more work than it took in the beginning, to maintain the Faith. And I thought it was tough work just to get started on this journey. So what's the deal that attracts a redneck and a greaser, along with folks from every other walk in life go for it? When I find out, I'll let you know! Actually, you have to find out for yourself.
I ended up feeling pretty bad leaving the oasis of Baha'is I found in Lubbock when duty once again called. The road's been rocky ever since and I've lost it quite a few times along the way. But knowing what I think comes hereafter, the trip seems to be worth it. The links below are just an outline of my itinerary along the way. You'll have to fill in your own.
I can point a way and you may or not see a road there. You will most likely have to blaze a trail for yourself to follow. I can only sort of try to tell you the way I came. So when and if you feel the need to strike out, here's where I've been there and done that. Hope it helps...Joey
1970-71 - Lubbock, Texas
1971-74 - Guam, Marianas
1974-76 - Gulfport, Mississippi
1976-79 - Albany, Capital District, NY
1979-80 - Biloxi, Mississippi
1980-89 - New York, NY
1989-present - Town of Brookhaven, NY
1971 - Alaska
1972 - Philippines
1973 - Singapore
1974 - Hawaii
Green Acre Bahá'í School, Maine
The Solomon R.G. Hilton
Bahá'í School - (Poughkeepsie, NY)
|Charter member of the Bahá'í Computer and Communication Association|
Some Interesting Bahá'í Links
Bahá'í Faith in the United States
Glen Little's Bahá'í page http://www.bcca.org/bahaivision/Bahá'í statistics
View my profile on Baha'i Communities
Please inform me of broken links! For more info, e-mail to: Joey Tabaco -
This page is dedicated to my children
Jonathan Jamal, Peter Jalal and Anisa Venancia,
and grandchildren, Ryan, Julia, Kira and Connor, who I hope will get around to surfing thru someday!