Only recently been aware of them myself; I know they do have some podcasts out there that I found educational, but like all religions, it's all about the soft-sell. Once you delve into it, it doesn't take long to find out why it doesn't offer anything more significant than sticking with your own religion, and nothing worth gaining if you're atheistic.
Their stance on homosexuality, "a condition that an individual should control and overcome", and by Shoghi Effendi, former leader of the faith, who describes it as "a handicap", makes Bahaiism, weather they admit it or not, at least, a potentially homophobic and intolerant institution. It certainly doesn't jive with their own concept proclaimed by Bahá'u'lláh himself who asserts that true science and true religion can never be in conflict, and he also admonished that true religion must conform to the conclusions of science. The debate still ensues, though I've made up my own mind about the matter.
On the face of it, I find the Bahai Faith attractive and a proponent of sensible values, but underneath it all, it has its own creepy, Orwellian, cultic side as well.
I get a hoot out of listening to these discussions. It is almost as if you were taking about what dogs think. Have you considered asking a Baha'i what they think? Many of them are capable of communicating in well known languages, some even speak English!
I do want to dispute one particular point. There is nothing of the "cult" about them. Correct me if I am wrong, but cults tend to center on a personality like Charles Manson, Jim Jones or an Ayatollah. They have no clergy and their governance is elected.
Muslims do not care for them because they have a bad habit of proselytizing others to their religion.
Let's try to apply some gray matter. I made the statement that I do not consider them a cult because they are not following a "personality." Most cults are built around a charismatic leader, like a Charlie Manson. Your reply seems to be that they worship a dead guy and that makes them a cult. Nor do they surrender their worldly possessions or drink poison Cool-Aid.
I don't know if you are a liar or just ignorant, but the Baha'i do not worship Baha'u'lah. He is considered a teacher or a prophet, but not a God or son of God or whatever.
Regarding their treatment of ex-members, are you sure you have the right religion? I only know about Baha'i s because my brother was a Baha'i. Did you notice the "was"? Was his experience a fluke?
You have some definite evangelical tendencies there, Reverend Billy Bob, you climb up in your pulpit and spout your opinions as if they were fact. The Baha'i don't have to do anything cult-like, if you say they are a cult, that should be proof enough? Can you corroborate any of that?