[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:] Neday-e Hagh

[Date:] 2 Ordibehesht 1337 [22 April 1958]

[Issue No.:] 20

 

In Description of Cursed Pepsi Cola - Prose [literature] in the Introduction of This Spoiled Liquid

I am a student of the High School of …. in Isfahan and would like to inform you that, in our high school, there are a couple of Baha’is who promote the dirty Pepsi Cola drink. Many people were drinking this harmful and unknown drink, because of these advertisements. However, the useful articles of Neday-e Hagh Newspaper attracted the attention of the public and now everyone is aware of this deadly substance. Gradually, its establishment has been dismantled in every city.

The night that I was thinking about choosing a topic for my high school magazine, influenced by the useful articles contained in your honourable newspaper, I wrote the following article:

“Infinite and innumerable curses be upon Pepsi Cola, whose drinking causes addiction and its addiction is harmful to life. Every bottle of it sold assists the blasphemy, and when it is drunk [by people], it shortens their life. So, there are two harms in [drinking] every bottle [of Pepsi Cola] and for each harm, it is obligatory to offer a curse to its manufacturer. 

“You that consider Pepsi Cola to be a useful and beneficial drink, ….Baha’is are told to propagate and teach their Faith and they pay the press to advertise it, [disparage] those who tell the truth, and by these propagations mislead the simple-minded people….”