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Date: 23 Aug 1999
i am alarmed by the hostility shown by some zoroastrians to the idea of conversion. If we are all equal under god's eyes why are only a tiny minority allowed to carry out the ways of our religion?!? in fact, the enthusiasm of many non-zoroastrians who have pointed out their views here leads me to believe that they would be as devoted and righteous as any zoroastrian that i know of. Furthermore, i fully agree with bahman; the parsis of india seem more obsessed with quality than quantity as far as the ideas of conversion and marrying-out are concerned. The preservation of our religious identity is a very delicate matter. However, if the time comes when we are almost extinct, should we still carry on our stubborn ideals of exclusiveness? Conversion and marrying out may be the only options left one day so why not adopt them now, especially if thenon-zoroastrains involved pursue the religion with a great deal of zeal? we should not be so "snobbish" as if the ideas of conversion were akin to a virgin raped by some foul, evil man. Conversion could be the only way forward one day, so people should at least think it over in their minds. Sorry if i have gone on for a bit too long. Finally, could anyone tell me what zoroastrianism's slant on sexuality and sex before marriage is?