By DAVE McMILLION
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Local followers of an old Iranian religion that teaches equality will hold a series of panel discussions through the summer to discuss issues such as race and gender relations in the Eastern Panhandle, according to organizers.
The panel discussions will revolve around the Baha'i faith, a century-old Iranian belief that stresses that everyone is equal despite their race, said Julie Gregg, secretary of the spiritual assembly of Baha'is in Jefferson County.
The Baha'i faith also teaches that no religion is superior to other ways of worship.
"Everyone is pretty equal with that point of view," said Gregg. "What counts is your righteousness and your value as an individual," she said.