[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:] Setareh-e Eslam
[Date:] Sunday, 29 Bahman 1357 [18 February 1979]
[Issue No.:] 858
Infiltration of the Baha’i in All Affairs Has Led the Country into Abyss of Nothingness
The Baha’is had occupied the country’s most important and most sensitive government posts. The key positions in each and every one of the government and private sector organizations was in the hands of the major Baha’i capitalists and their propagators. They were easily ransacking the wealth of the nation, and in addition to this, flood-like, they were seizing the national wealth and transferring the country’s foreign currency abroad. With the same capital, they were even plundering the people, and by disseminating corruption and ungodliness, they promoted and simplified every unforgiveable sin, to such a degree that they had annihilated the shame of every unseemly and immoral [act].
The bribery, corruption, ungodliness, immorality, misconduct and treason, which, in recent years, had become a dangerous disease and had enveloped our society, were the gifts that Baha’is who had infiltrated the most sensitive organs of the country were circulating. A number of Baha’is provided various aids to encourage the youth to become seduced and to turn to this sect. They even provided assistance of up to one hundred thousand tumans to those who had the capacity to become Baha’is and be seduced; thus they would bring them into Baha’ism.
These dangerous cancers that have gripped the roots of our society by plundering the national wealth had prepared the best and most luxurious life in any part of the world for themselves, for propagating Baha’ism and infiltration into other human societies. They were plundering our national resources, and with those same stolen assets, had arisen to fight our faiths and beliefs, diverting scores of our people. By benefitting from their human strength, they would use them as instruments and tools to take forward their means of counter-religion, immorality and inhumanity. They targeted our departments and administrative leaders by attacking and assaulting them. They would appoint their propagators to any relevant post and position that could bring them closer to their sinister goals, so that, like termites, they could attack in any direction they were willing to move, and in the most unmerciful way, lead them towards corruption.
God is our witness that we do not intend by this article to incite the victorious Muslim community of Iran against the life of this group, yet we certainly are not willing that this group—which, for such a long time, has bottled the blood of the meek Muslim nation and been busy beguiling and misleading our youth—not receive [punishment for] their sins. We will never allow such a group in our society to keep on bothering people and misleading our youth.
For this reason, we believe that the political and religious leaders, especially the honourable ayatollahs—who are well aware of this fact—will definitely rise up and act in order to cut off the hands of this group and prevent its influence and progress, since every moment of delay in cutting off the influence of this sect is providing it with the opportunity to attack inhumanely all moral and human qualities of the Muslim community of Iran, and they would take full advantage of every moment of our negligence. They have already done whatever they had to do in the past, and those who had to leave have already left! Yet, we should not be neglectful…