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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Newspaper:] Kayhan-e Havaei
[Date:] Wednesday 15 Khordad 1370, 21 Dhu’l-Qade 1411 - 5 June 1991
[Issue No.:] 933
The Political Sect of Baha’ism, the Recycled Ring of the American Conspiracy Against Iran
Opposition, Is Losing Momentum
America has started playing new chords to put pressure on Iran, by resorting to the issue of “violation of human rights”. The American Congress, by resorting to the defence of the Baha’i sect in Iran, intends to prepare a resolution on the violation of human rights in Iran.
The right wing newspaper, the Washington Times, in its issue of Saturday 25 May [4 Khordad] wrote: A group of legislators of the American Congress intend to raise the government’s violation of the human rights of the Bahá’ís in Iran ‑ the largest religious minority group (!) ‑ as a symbol of their fight for the restoration of human rights in the Middle East.
This newspaper adds that his resolution, which condemns Iran’s violation of human rights, will be sent by the Congressional Committee on Human Rights to the American House of Representatives and the Senate for approval.
The Washington Times also reports that the aforementioned resolution will also be sent to other world parliaments and they will be requested to approve similar resolutions, to attract cooperation for achieving this aim.
This is the fifth resolution that has been issued by the known elements in the American Congress for supporting the underground network of the Baha’is. The expanded support of the political Baha’i institutions is indicative of the pressures that America attempts to put on Iran, by highlighting sensitive issues.
The remarks of the engineers of this plan, who devised the resolution in the American Congress against Iran, reveal anew the points about the American conspiracy against Iran. John Porter, Republican representative and member of the Committee for Human Rights, has said that the non-tolerance of the Baha’is in Iran is perhaps the most critical example of the non-tolerance of religious beliefs around the world.
Senator Christopher [Dodd], from the Democratic Party, and one of the chief executives of the aforementioned resolution, says that the issue of Baha’is represents one of the major human rights problems, afflicting many countries in the Middle East region.
America tries to represent the Baha’i political sect, which was founded by the British colonizers, as a “religion”. Should we recall that their leader “Bahá’u’lláh”, was granted the title “Sir” by the British monarchy, the definition of the “religion” would become clearer in the American political dictionary.
The designers of this new conspiracy are the Zionists of the American Congress and, should we again recall that the headquarters and the focal point of this sect, “The Universal House of Justice” is situated in Haifa, we will understand better the motives of the conspirators in devising the aforementioned resolution.
Exaltation of the violation of human rights in Iran by the Americans is not a new phenomenon. Only its format has changed. For some time, “Mojahedin-e Khalgh” and violation of their human rights was publicised and the issue of the execution of those adhering to the Baha’i sect was raised about this same political sect. For example, they would say that the Baha’is in Iran are not given food stamps. The scandal around the Mojahedin has currently moved them away from the centre stage of American publicity. Certainly, the issue of hanging the Baha’is must have become old news, so that they are currently considering other issues.
The other aspect of the American conspiracy is recognition of the Baha’i political institutions as a “religion”, because the Washington Post writes that, in the new resolution of the Congress, it has been emphasized that the issue is not hanging and imprisoning of the adherents of Baha’ism in Iran. In the resolution, issues such as forbidding the Baha’is from meeting together, electing their leaders and creating their places of worship and schools, and forbidding them to observe their religious ceremonies, have gained attention, signifying that this political sect of Baha’ism is a religion.
In the eyes of the government and people of Iran, Baha’ism is not considered a “religion”, in the same way that the Tudeh Party [party of the Masses of Iran] and the hidden and underground institutions of the Freemasons are not considered to be a religion.