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

 

[Newspaper:] Kayhan

[Date:] 6 Bahman 1383 [25 January 2005]

[Issue No.:] 18155

 

National Youth Organization Supports the Baha’i Element

The National Youth Organization of Fars called on one of the leading elements of the perverse Baha’i sect to form a Non-Governmental Organization [NGO].

The Association of Friends of Persepolis, which was formed following this support, has organized various ceremonies and celebrations in recent months. The special ceremony of Shab-e Yalda was one of the most important ones; it was held in the complex under the management of the deputy of the Management and Planning Organization in the presence of the governor of Fars Province, the director general of Islamic culture and guidance, and a group of provincial officials.

Meanwhile, the Intelligence Office and the deputy of intelligence of the Provincial Police Force have informed the head of the National Youth Organization of Fars, who supports the president of the Association of Friends of Persepolis, of his affiliation with the perverse sect [Baha’i Faith] and has declared that granting an activity licence to this element is illegal.

The head of the National Youth Organization of Fars, in a dual position, rejected the [accusation of] propagation of Baha’i beliefs by the director of the association [of Friends of Persepolis], and said, “I have asked him to resign from his responsibility in this association!”