You have not taken your understanding of the article for granted but merely pointed out that Zoroastrianism deserves a better treatment in American media. This is absolutely right.
2009/11/26 Bahman Noruziaan
Here is my comments to The Washington Post regarding Ana Marie Cox's reference to us!
Balance of Power with Tucker Carlson and Ana Marie Cox
Tucker Carlson and Ana Marie Cox
Monday, November 9, 2009; 12:00 PM
Ana Marie Cox has made the following statement.
“Also, why aren't more crazy people Zoroastrians? Not that I want to imply that there's anything crazy (relatively speaking!) about Zoroastrainism, but man does it SOUND scary. Like, just the name, you know? "Zoroaster" could be the villain in a Ghostbusters sequel or something.”
Does Ana Marie Cox mean that only some crazy people are Zoroastrians or does she mean that the Zoroastrian People are crazy?
No matter whatever she means, for her education and your readers education, I need to say a few words.
Zoroastrianism is the most ancient practiced monotheistic religion of the world! It was the dominant religion of ancient Achaemenid, Parthians and Sasanian empires of ancient Persia. Does she recall the name Cyrus the Great? The summary teaching of Zoroastrianism is the three simple but profoundly important mottos of “Good Thoughts”, “Good Words” and “Good Deeds”.
Zoroastrianism went through more than 1400 years of downfall after the invasion of its homeland, i.e. Persia, by the army of Muslim Arabs.
The founder of Zoroastrianism is Zarathushtra or Zoroaster as he was referred to by the ancient Greeks. Zoroastrians in India are called the Parsis. Parsis in India, are highly regarded with respect because of their unbiased philanthropy and contribution to the Indian Nation.
In Iran which is the homeland of Zoroastrianism, Zoroastrians or the “Zartoshtis” as they are called in Persian language, are regarded with respect for their honesty and good characters.
The Zoroastrians in North America, despite their population of around 10,000 have been and are doing their faithful and in many cases professional services to the societies that they reside in.
I beleive an apology for such an uneducated reference to Zoroastrians and Zoroastrianism as one of the major contributors to human civilization is due.
Bahman Noruziaan, PhD
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada