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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Newspaper:] Mehr-e Iran
[Date:] 20 Shahrivar 1334 [12 September 1955]
[Issue No.:] 146
Daily Telgraph Writes: Following the Warnings of a Foreign Government, the Iranian Government Has Taken New Decisions Regarding the Religious Sects
A Cabinet Minister Told Daily Telegraph Reporter, “The Religious Incidents Cause Americans to Have Bad Opinion of Iran”
Last week, the London-based Daily Telegraph, an organ of the British Conservative Party, published an article about the recent religious activities in Iran, and because of its views as an influential British newspaper, we will publish it for the information and awareness of our dear readers.
In Tehran, a senior Iranian official told me that precautions had been taken not to launch any new attacks on the Baha’i sect.
It had already been expressed in various circles in Iran, that such incidents may occur in Iran in the month of Muharram, that will completely destroy the foundations of people’s lives.
Daily Telegraph writes: It is estimated that about 200,000 Baha’is live in Iran. In Iran, the Christians, Jewish and Zoroastrian religions have been given complete freedom and the Baha’is are not granted freedom, believing that this religion is derived from the religion of Islam and contrary to its principles.
Regarding the month of Ramadan, during which the Muslim people fast, [Mr.] Falsafi, the fanatical clergy of Iran, under the supervision of one of Iran’s great religious leaders, delivered several rousing speeches against the Baha’i sect and incited the people against them.
Falsafi is one of the anti-communist clerics of Iran, and his anti-communist speeches helped and served greatly the government and he was given permission, to give these speeches, by the government.
After these speeches, riots broke out in the cities of Iran, and the people attacked the Baha’is’ places of worship, and finally destroyed the Haziratu’l-Quds, one of the largest places of Baha’i Worship.
Subsequently some pro-Baha’i foreign countries issued warnings to the Iranian government, and although such decisions are difficult to make in Iran, the government has acted to prevent the repetition of such incidents. One of the cabinet ministers told me, “Iran has always been known for its tolerance of religious minorities, and the recent events have eroded that reputation.”
Above all, the Americans may have a bad opinion of Iran as a result of these events and refrain from spending their capital in that country, and while we have a great need for foreign capital. Even Ayatollah Borujerdi, according to some reports, has stated that the protests should not have reached to this level.