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


[Newspaper:] Ettelaat

[Date:] Saturday 16 Mehr 1362 [8 October 1983]

[Issue No.:] 17127

[Page:] 6


The Tudeh Party, the Ghaedin [Sedentary] Party

Knowing the Sedentary Party of Our Time

Written by: A. Baghi

(The thirtieth part)

Some time ago, a few issues of a pamphlet called “Let Us Know the Anti-Revolutionary Nature of the Hojjatieh Society” were published, which lacked the name of its writer and the publisher and, according to reliable sources, and as per the implicit wordings of the pamphlets and their way of analysis, it was clear that they belonged to the infidelity line of the East, [and were] published by the traitor party of Tudeh and some other similar younger groups…

…The Marxists, the deviant and the irreligious [groups] should be aware that if the anti-Baha’ism Society is outlawed by the Islamic community, according to the nation of Islam and the judicial decrees of the honourable religious maraje’ [authorities], they are untouchable [impure] and they cannot and will not be able to attach themselves to the Islamic Revolution and the people.

During the years before the Revolution, the Ghaedin did not show much sensitivity towards the Marxists and they even preferred the people to become Marxist rather than becoming Baha’i. After the revolution, they had suddenly been alerted that both the Tudeh Party and Marxism were dangerous adversaries and by highlighting the dangers of the Tudeh Party and its influence in the organs and… in an effort to nurture a deviant movement, and disregarding the main obstacles of the revolution, they caused the growth of the Tudeh Party, and by attacking the Tudeh Party, they would gain justification and legitimacy.

Any thought or action against the Society would be encountered by insult and in order to defeat them, it would label them as a member of the Tudeh [Party], a Marxist, etc...

…and in return, the Tudeh Party, by attacking the Society and its reputation, in fact, was attempting to  cover up its own shameful past and gain validation and legitimacy by attacking the Society.

As mentioned in the previous lines, similar to the Society’s actions, any counter-opinion and Marxist activity would attach itself to the Society. Therefore, both sides [Hojjatieh Society and Tudeh Party], in pretending to be revolutionaries, had pointed the tips of their weapons against each other, and this was quite satisfactory for both sides.