Rainn Wilson (a.k.a The Office’s Dwight Schrute) has just launched the website SoulPancake.com, which is part-blog, part-online community to discuss philosophy and spirituality. Says Wilson in an introductory video: “I am sick of spirituality being airy-fairy, hippy-dippy, and precious. I want to de-lameify talking about God and religion.”
Well, hoorah for that, I say. But why is America’s favorite office nerd so into talking about God? Wilson is a member of the Baha’i faith, and lately he’s been increasingly vocal about protesting religious persecution in Iran, where seven Baha’i leaders have been imprisoned and are about to be put on “trial.” They’ve been charged with everything from being spies for Israel to insulting Islam, and it’s not the first time Iran has targeted the faith tradition.
He’s gotten the attention of at least some U.S. lawmakers. Yesterday Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) introduced a resolution condemning the government of Iran for persecuting Baha’i. Meanwhile, Wilson and his buddies over at SoulPancake are tackling lighter fare, like writing haikus about why suffering exists and brainstorming questions they’d ask God if they got the chance. Good stuff.