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


[Newspaper:] Enghelab-e Eslami

[Date:] Thursday, 20 Farvardin 1360 [9 April 1981]

[Issue No.:] 509


The Prime Minister’s Record

Report to the People

Country and homeland are not anything new, nor are they a product of the West

Islam is a religion of friendship, kindness, brotherhood, and equality among people

Patriotism is not only not at variance with Islam; it is Islam itself. . .

. . . The second story is one that came about when discussing Hoveyda and his government. Someone said that he was a dangerous creature and would destroy the country. He was saying that those who have come into contact with some kind of statelessness have brought these atrocities upon Iran, and that he [Hoveyda] had been caught up with statelessness. We asked for an explanation: “What do you mean by statelessness?” He said, “This individual has promoted statelessness, delegitimizing patriotism, and devaluing the homeland in three ways: connections to Bahaism, Freemasonry, and the Toudeh Party.  The first two of these wanted to eliminate patriotism in service to the West and facilitate Western rule over Iran. The Toudeh Party also wanted to instil “love of Moscow” and “love of Russia” in place of love of homeland. For that reason, it condemned patriotism as a bourgeois value. This individual was a Baha’i, then he became a Freemason. While he was in Europe, he was also serving the Toudeh gatherings. These three phenomena still exist and continue to do their work. If such propaganda exists and is happening under the cloak of Islam, it is coming from them. Now we get to the heart of the matter. . .