[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]

 

[Adapted from website:] Radio Goftogoo

[Date:] 10 Bahman 1394 [30 January 2016]

 

Magnification of Opposition to Religious Minorities is Enemy’s Strategy for Separatism

In the Radio Enghelab’s programme called “Penetration Line”, the commander Hasan Rastegarpanah [said that he] considered the magnification of opposition to religious minorities to be one of the goals of the enemy after the revolution. He said, “They raised up the Baha’i question, and promoted matters that the revolution is against Baha’ism, while we did not treat any movement unreasonably, un-Islamic or illegal, even Baha’ism.”

The programme “Penetration Line” discussed the concept of influence and ethnic civil war and separatism during the early days of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, in the presence of the commander Hasan Rastegarpanah, deputy director of the security centre of Imam Hossein University, and Saied Kharazmi, cultural expert and activist during the formation of the Islamic Revolution.

Commander Hasan Rastegarpanah, the deputy director of the Centre For Sustainable Security at Imam Hossein University, called the magnification of the revolution’s opposition to religious minorities one of the enemy’s goals after the revolution, saying, “they raised the Baha’i question and promoted matters that the revolution is opposed to Baha’ism, while we did not treat any movement unreasonably, un-Islamic, or illegal, even Baha’ism. They can live, but they cannot openly express Baha’ism because it has a doctrinal and ideological deviation which was not accepted by Islam.”