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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Adyan News

[Date:] 13 Ordibehesht 1394 [3 May 2015]

 

How Did Atena Farghadani Become a Member of the Baha’i Organization?

The sect operates in such a way that they try to recruit members, by befriending individuals or families in whom there is a tendency to deviate.

Adyan News – After the victory of the Islamic Revolution and dismissal of this movement from the government, an attempt to change the tastes of the people and confront them with the government was defined as the main programme of the Baha’is in the country, to the extent that the Baha’i involvement was evident in all violations, from not wearing appropriate hijab to the organization of immoral internet pages.

But the post-election events of 1388 [2009/2010] provided a new chapter for Baha’i activism against the Islamic regime. Some of the youth who, due to lack of clarity, fell into the trap of counter-revolutionary elements and Western intelligence services in 1388 [2009/2010] soon found their ways in the Baha’i gatherings in the country. The way in which the Baha’i organizations absorbed them was so soft that those trapped did not think that in a short time they had entered the forefront of Baha’i propaganda in the country.

Atena’s father became acquainted with some Baha’i elements due to his working relationship, and then, with the desire of both parties, this working relationship expanded to a family relationship.

After the deepening of the family friendship, Atena, at the invitation of the daughter of a Baha’i colleague of her father, attended the weekly and regular meetings with the followers of the perverse Baha’i sect, and it is in these circles that Atena was attracted.

Farghadani goes so far as to use her art of painting entirely for the political purposes of the sect, and by publishing anti-government caricatures, steps forward in the direction of subversive Baha’i principles. Atena, known to her friends as the “Ate badbadak [Atena, the Kite], sometimes steps into the counter-revolutionary line and at other times pursues the goals of the Baha’i sect.