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


[Adapted from website:] Didar News

[Date:] 15 Dey 1397 [5 January 2019]


Referring to the New Decrees of the Supreme Revolutionary Cultural Council

Motahhari: The Parliament Has Been Unaware of the Passage of the Law on Starring Students and the Ban on Education of Baha’is

Motahhari, with the statement that the parliament will not be burdened by the Expediency Discernment Council like the second Guardian Council, said, “We witness that the Expediency Discernment Council, like the Second Guardian Council, examines the laws of parliament based on contradictions with macro-policies, which is unconstitutional.”

Didar News – The vice speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly said, “The late Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani showed a correct understanding of the principle of governance of the jurist, and his most important work can be considered a correct practical interpretation of the governance of the jurist.

On Thursday, at the Conference on Legislation in the Islamic Republic at Mofid University of Qom, Ali Motahhari added, “Ayatollah Hashemi put emphasis on maintaining and strengthening the institution of governance of the jurist and would explicitly express his views in cases where he felt that the revolution was on an incorrect path.” ...

In the Supreme Revolutionary Cultural Council, referring to the passage of the law on starring students and the law on the prohibition of education of Baha’is, said, “The parliament was basically unaware of such a law and should be held accountable for these laws. This is while the parliament is the only legislative body in the country.”

Referring to the legislative process in the Expediency Discernment Council, Motahhari said, “It is not easy to accept that general policies are part of the constitution, because when the people voted for the constitution, they did not vote for these policies. For this reason, these general policies are in conflict with laws, which is unconstitutional.”

He said, “Some general policies are inconsistent with each other and some are not essentially politics but legislation; therefore, we cannot say that inconsistency with general policies is inconsistent with the constitution, and such an invocation by the Guardian Council is incorrect.”

The vice speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly said, “It is the duty of the deputies to announce whether or not these laws are contrary to general policies, and only the Expediency Discernment Council should give its opinion in this regard.”

Motahhari continued, “The dispute between the parliament and the Expediency Discernment Council arises when the council stands in the position of the second Guardian Council, so that the first Guardian Council examines the contradictions between the laws and religious laws, and the Expediency Council examines these laws according to general policies.”

He said, “The Expediency Discernment Council has gone one step further; in addition to reviewing the laws, it tries to change the laws, which is illegal under the current constitution, and if we want to do so, the Constituent Assembly must be formed and the constitution must be changed.”  ...