[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:] Adyannet

[Date:] 22 Aban 1393 [13 November 2014]

 

Media Campaign to Further the Ulterior Motives of the Baha’i Organization

In dealing with violators, whether guilds [or other entities], political or ideological tendencies are not the criterion, and the evidence of this is the encounters with violators, among whom there is no difference between Baha’is and Muslims or supporters of different political groups. All violators are treated equally and the violators’ tendencies are the reason for more severe treatment...

For years, the Baha’i sect’s organization has been collaborating with colonial organizations to tarnish the image of the Islamic Republic, accusing Iran of human rights abuses, and has recently posted images in cyberspace that the Iranian government seeks to deal with and weaken by shutting down Baha’i businesses.

The Baha’i sect’s organization has stated that the only reason for the closure of the Baha’i shops on 2 Aban [24 October 2014] is to celebrate the birth of Husayn Ali, Baha’u’llah [sic], while the birth of Husayn-Ali, Baha’u’llah is on 5 Aban [27 October] and not 2 Aban [24 October].

It should be noted that in dealing with violators, whether guilds [or other entities], political or ideological tendencies are not the criterion, and the evidence of this is the encounters with violators, among whom there is no difference between Baha’is and Muslims or supporters of different political groups. All violators are treated equally and the violators’ tendencies are the reason for more severe treatment...

On this basis, one cannot judge the behaviour of a government by a mere image, because on the one hand, there is no trade union violation, and on the other hand, it is not known whether the owner of this property is Baha’i, and thousands of other possibilities... Of course, it should also be borne in mind that governments have the right to deal with violators in accordance with the law, in order to establish order and security, while the violator may have any belief he wants to, and it is clear that wrongdoing is not a reason not to deal with him.

As it turns out, the Baha’is want to create a kind of legal immunity for themselves through the media controversy, so they can do whatever they want under that shelter, and the Iranian government would forgive them and not deal with them just because they are Baha’is.