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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]
[Date:] Tuesday, 25 Azar 1393 - 23 Safar 1436 [16 December 2014]
[Issue No.:] 2417
Ayatollah Mousavi Bojnourdi, Prominent Member of the Association of Clerics:
Baha’is Do Not Have Right of Citizenship
Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians enjoy the rights of citizenship and are represented in the [Islamic Consultative] Assembly, because they have roots in Abrahamic religions, but someone [Baha’is] who opposes Islam, [giving them any rights] is out of question.
News Highlights Ayatollah Mousavi Bojnourdi: “Baha’is do not have the rights of citizenship”
A prominent member of the Association of Clerics, emphasizing that ‘we never say a Baha’i has the right to education”, stated [further], “[a Baha’i] does not [even] have any rights of citizenship”.
Ayatollah Mousavi Bojnourdi in a detailed interview with Fars in relation to the thirty-second anniversary of the issuing of late Imam Khomeini’s Eight Articles Concerning Law and Justice, which at a later stage became known as the “Charter of the Rights of Citizenship”, said, “The Imam mostly emphasized the dignity of the individuals in consideration of Islamic regulations as well as the Constitution. His idea was maintaining the dignity of the individuals, and he used to say that the basis of our work is ‘the Law’”.
In response to a question regarding the spirit of the rights of citizenship, which the 11th Parliament is insisting be implemented, how closely does it accord with the Eight Articles of the late Imam? He responded, “When Mr. Rouhani was elected as President and decided to compile the Charter of Citizenship Rights, his legal deputy (Mrs. Aminzadeh) also asked me to contribute to its compilation. There were some other jurists of course, such as the late Katouzian, who also participated. We compiled its contents in five or six meetings, which the President later announced on television. Its spirit was taken from the Eight Articles Command of the late Imam and we used this Charter as the basis [for our work] and expanded it a little.
In response to some criticisms made in relation to this Charter, such as when it states that all the citizens have the right to education, does this ‘right’ –as an example- also include the Baha’is?”, he replied, “Under no condition!”
Some matters do not need to be specified [such as] a person who objects Islam, is not covered by this Charter. Baha’is are against Islam and is not covered by [the Charter]. We never say that a Baha’i has the right to education; he does not have any rights of citizenship whatsoever. Christians, Jew and Zoroastrians enjoy the rights of citizenship. They have members in the [Islamic Consultative] Assembly, because they are of Abrahamic religions and we treat them with tolerance; their members are our friends.
In another part of this interview, answering the questions, “How do you judge the present affairs of the United States in relation to Iran? Do you believe the U.S. is the same enemy as it was before or has it changed its state of affairs in connection with the Islamic Revolution?” He answered, “We do not have any special enmity or hostility towards anyone. Whoever opposes Islam and the Revolution, we also are hostile toward him.”
He added, “I only have this feeling that Obama wants to put aside a bit of his enmity with Iran, otherwise the Congress and the Republicans are corrupt and siding with Israel. Maybe Obama is willing to improve the relationship a little and I see the possibility that he is leaning towards a good relationship, otherwise if Bush was in charge, he would have attacked Iran by now. He truly was a dangerous maniac. Yet, it should not be expected that America will become well-behaved towards Iran. Is it possible for the wolf and lamb to befriend one another?”