[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[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]

 

[Newspaper:] Kayhan

[Date:] 19 Ordibehesht 1334 [10 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 3574

[Page:] 1 & 8

 

Today’s Private Session of Parliament

The Topics of Sanction, Illegal Recognition of Baha’ism and Property Confiscation of Centres of Baha’i Propagation Were Discussed 

…Following the explanations of the speaker of the parliament and several members [of the parliament], the acting Prime Minister attended the private meeting and told that: “After sufficient investigations, the necessary decision will be taken”.

At 9:30 this morning, the private parliamentary session was formed, chaired by Sardar Fakher Hekmat.

First, Mr. Seyyed Ahmad Safaei, the clerical representative of Qazvin, said that the gentlemen knew that there was a party with a specific belief, called Baha’i, which is involved in killing, spying and disturbing the country’s security.

The speaker then provided a detailed explanation about this subject and requested [the members of parliament] to approve [ratify] the bill for the sanction and illegalization of harmful activities of the Baha’is as soon as possible. Then Mr. Shooshtari, Dr. Jazayeri and Noureddin Emami Pirast, while making statements in this regard, [emphasized] the need to pay attention to the public’s religious sentiments and thoughts. Immediately, the speaker of the parliament instructed that a phone call be placed to direct the cabinet members to attend the private session.

After a short while, the ministers Entezam, Alam and Dr. Amini presented themselves at the Baharestan building [parliament] and attended the private session. In order to familiarize the ministers with the parliament members’ beliefs and thoughts, Mr. Ahmad Safaie again made some remarks about the urgent need to accelerate the confrontation with and suppression of the Baha’i sect. Mr. Noureddin Emami, the deputy speaker of parliament, said, “If you pay attention to the history and the origin of Baha’ism in Iran, it will become evident which government has chosen this fake religion and for what purpose.”

Addressing the ministers, he said: “In my opinion, the Constitution has defined the duty of the nations in question and does not recognize any other religion except the Armenians [Christians], Jews and Zoroastrians. It means the holy religion of Islam is the official religion of Iran and the punishment for anyone else who makes any claim, other than those three groups, is severe, or even death [execution]. Second is the law of marriage and divorce; third, the law of endowments; and fourth, the law of government employment. Considering these laws, the government can do its job completely and perfectly within two hours, and there is no need for such noise. We are prepared to stay in parliament tonight, so that if, after the ratification of these laws, the government needs approval or practical ratification, we could immediately approve and ratify them.

Then Dr. Jazayeri, Kharrazi, Amidi Nouri and a few others talked about the campaign against Baha’ism. At this time, Mr. Entezam, deputy prime minister, said, “Since we were not aware of this private session, whatever remarks I make here are my personal opinions and without consultation with the Cabinet. I am also of the exact same opinion as other members [of the parliament] that this group, indeed, is a futile group that exists in our country, but in such matters, before decisions are made, all sides and consequences should be well considered and analyzed. In this regard, numerous telegrams have been received from different parts of the country. Please allow this matter to be discussed in the Cabinet and various practical and legal ways to be considered, so that we can succeed in their execution”.

[The representatives responded:] “It is correct”.

[Again, Mr. Entezam, deputy prime minister, said to the members of the parliament:] “The respected representatives must trust and have confidence in us.”

[The representatives responded:] “We trust”.