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[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:] Tasnim News Agency
[Date:] 8 Dey 1398 [29 December 2019]
Khomeinishahr’s Member’s Comments On Removing the “Other” Option From the National Card; The Influence of Baha’ism Must Be Stopped
Khomeinishahr’s member in the Islamic Consultative Assembly explained to the interior minister about the removal of the “Other” option from the list of religions in the national smart card and the flow of dissident networks.
In an interview with a Tasnim reporter in Isfahan, Seyyed Mohammad-Javad Abtahi told the interior minister about the removal of the “Other” option from the [choice] of religions in the national smart card. He said, “Last year, when I applied for a national smart card, I saw the option ‘Other’ in the section on choosing religions. The question arose as to why should there be an ‘Other’ option section, and in this regard I gave a warning to the minister of interior.”
He continued, “It was thought that perhaps the visible and hidden hands behind the scenes seek to give recognition to Baha’ism, because Baha’ism is not a religious minority and neither we nor the Sunnis recognize this sect as a religion; it is counted as a perverse sect.
The Khomeinishahr’s member in the Islamic Consultative Assembly, stating that since the start of the reformist government, the followers of this sect have been infiltrating, said, “In this regard, I issued a warning, but now we see that networks opposed to the Islamic Republic, [such as] the Iran International Network, affiliated with the Wahhabi Saudis, has raised this issue and presented me and others like me as anti-religious.”
He added, “We must emphasize that we have no problem with religions; religious minorities in our country are free and have members in the Islamic Consultative Assembly. In our country, a representative of a religious minority may even enter the assembly with 4,000 votes and his right to vote in parliament is equal to that of someone who has reached parliament with one million votes.
Abtahi pointed out, “We live peacefully with religious minorities; they also consider themselves Iranians and we have no problem with these minorities, but we are talking [about] members of the Baha’i spy sect who are among the agents of Mossad and the CIA.”
He stated that the influence of this group should be prevented in different parts of the country, adding, “We must be vigilant, aware and insightful in order to prevent the infiltration of this perverse sect into the country.”
The Khomeinishahr’s member in the Islamic Consultative Assembly, stating that this warning was presented last year, said, “The result of the remark about the “Other” option in the section for choosing religions in the national card was that this option has now been left blank and it is not possible to select other items except for religious minorities.”