[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:] Seday-e Mardom

[Date:] 20 Ordibehesht 1334 [11 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 1426

 

What Happened Yesterday in A Private Session of the National Assembly /

Negotiations Were Held on the Struggle Against the Baha’is

The speaker of the parliament, in his short speech, said, “We are with the people in suppressing this sect. But it must be done with foresight and thorough study.”

The deputy prime minister said, “I also agree with the fight against this sect, but nothing should be done to cause anyone to take advantage of the situation.”

The Private Session

At 9:30 a.m., while the representatives and journalists of the press were waiting for a public meeting, the bell of a private meeting was rung and the representatives were invited to a private session.

Nearly an hour had passed since the private meeting was convened, and the subject of the private meeting was still unknown.

At 10:00 a.m., one of the delegates, who had left the private meeting, informed the reporters [of the subject] of the private meeting and it turned out that the issue of the negotiations was the need to prevent the Baha’i propaganda activities.

According to the information, Seyyed Ahmad Safaei stated at the beginning of the private meeting that the gentlemen knew that there was a party in the country with a special sect, called the Baha’i sect, which is engaged in harmful activities in the country, and he gave a detailed description in this regard. Then several representatives, including Dr. Jazayeri, Noureddin Emami, and Pirasteh, made statements in this regard, and the subject of the negotiations revolved around a plan which was set up to outlaw the Baha’i sect.

The Speech of the Speaker of the Parliament

At this time, the speaker of the parliament stated, “According to my duties, I will protect the rights of the National Consultative Assembly and the Constitution for another year, and for my part, I believe that I should study the currents and events that are taking place in the country with full insight and foresight.”

The representatives agreed. 

“Of course, this trend has recently caused a stir in the country, we also agree with the people in suppressing and seriously eradicating this group of irreligious people.”

[Representatives:] “It is correct.”

“And of course, we are all Muslims and followers of the Qur’an.”

[Representatives:] “It is correct.”

“So, I personally do not want to take any action without study. We have a government, and the government oversees everything. We must oblige the government to use the existing laws to do this and wherever it is necessary for the progress of legal work, the government must submit bills to the parliament, and we are also willing to approve the bill and notify the government within a few hours without delay.”

(At this time, the generality of the representatives approved the statements of the speaker).

“Even now, if the gentlemen find it appropriate, we should invite the government to express its views to the parliament.”

The Presence of the Government

Immediately after these talks, the ministers were [invited] by telephone to attend a private session of the parliament.

Following this, Mr. Entezam, deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs; Alam, minister of interior; and Dr. Amini, minister of finance, from the cabinet, attended in Baharestan [the parliament] and a private session of the parliament was formed in their presence.

In order for the ministers to be informed of the views of the delegates, Mr. Seyyed Ahmad Safaei, Dr. Jazayeri, Naraghi, Kharrazi, Amidi Nouri and several others, spoke again. Mr. Noureddin Emami said,

“If you pay attention to the history of the emergence of Baha’ism in Iran, then it will become clear which government has chosen this fake religion and for what plan ...

“Gentlemen ministers, I believe that the constitution defines the duties of various nations.  It does not recognize [members of any] religion other than Armenians, Jews and Zoroastrians. That is, the holy religion of Islam is the official religion of Iran, and other than these three categories [of religions], whoever claims otherwise, his punishment is severe, even death.

“[Regarding] these laws; second, the law of marriage and divorce; third, the law of endowments; fourth, the law of government employment: in my opinion, the parliament can perform its responsibility and do the job completely in two hours and there is no need for so much noise and commotion. We are ready to stay in parliament tonight should there be need for urgent approval and can immediately approve the law.”

 The Deputy Prime Minister Said:

Mr. Entezam, the deputy prime minister, stated, “Since I did not know about the private meeting, I express some matters in here without prior consultation with the government cabinet. It is only my personal opinion. I completely agree with the deputies that the sect in question is a perverted sect that has been created in our country; but the general policy of a country is also something that must be observed. All of you gentlemen agree with us that, in such issues, it is necessary to pay attention to the sides and surrounding issues of the subject.

“In this regard, many telegrams have been received from different parts of the country. I think it is better, gentlemen, to allow the matter to be raised in the cabinet and various practical ways to be considered, and a right and practical way to be taken. In this work, one should reflect and not forget that there may be hands at work to take advantage of this situation and the possible commotions.”

[Representatives:] “It is correct.”

“Gentlemen, the esteemed representatives, you must have confidence in us.”

[Representatives:] “We have confidence.”

“And, of course, in the first meeting of the cabinet, the issue will be raised, and we will consider the practical ways to end this issue.”