[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]
[Date:] 29 Ordibehesht 1334 [20 May 1955]
[Issue No.:] 3223
Safaei made a speech about combating Baha’is in yesterday’s session of the [National] Consultative Assembly. Dr. Shahkar-Doulatabadi made a speech regarding the importance of the legislative branch and the need for [parliamentary] power. Since the government representative was absent, no orders were issued.
Parliament’s open session, headed by Mr. Ardalan, with the presence of 77 of the 108 [members] was officiated at the centre at 9:45 a.m. Mr. Seyyed Ahmad Safaei stated that in order to fight the corruption, we must fight its root cause; otherwise, superficial and ordinary actions to combat the corruption will be nothing more than painkiller pills.
One of the influential elements of irreligion in this country is the Baha’i sect. They damage both our national unity and our independence. We must confront them with the same intensity as we fought the Tudeh Party, because their ideology and principles are irreligious. Their religion is materialism and they will cause convulsion and instability in our country.
(Since the time was up, they voted for extension of the time by a quarter of an hour, which was approved.)
Then he [Mr. Safaei] stated:
“I also said on Tuesday that I did not agree with this action of the government. The circular they have sent is not enough. Why are you not mentioning the Baha’i [Faith] by name? Now the government’s complementary circular is the same and does not mention their name; whereas their actions are against our national unity and security. There are more than two hundred files of murder and assault by them in our judicial sources; what damage to security is greater than this? Why do those who are not willing to officially support them claim that this fight [against Baha’is] is against the Declaration of the United Nations? If this is the case, then the fight with the Tudeh Party is also against the Declaration of the United Nations. The Americans and the British who fight against Communism have done this first. I saw a newspaper, I do not know if it was Sahar or what. Who is its editor? Maybe a Baha’i or a Babi.”
(Representatives responded: “He is a Muslim. He wrote in the same newspaper that, “I testify that there is no God, but Him’”).
“Yes, he wrote many things, for example he said, ‘Why is this call [to combat the Baha’is] raised today?’ Wouldn’t they have said the same thing whenever this call was raised? [Arabic verse]. So whenever this melody would have started, the same problems would exist. I explained the reason in the private meeting. His Holiness Ayatollah Borujerdi was, and still is, very upset by the activities of this sect. Years ago, the topic was oil. Now that the fight for oil is over, and there are no other problematic issues, His Holiness Ayatollah Borujerdi has requested His Royal Majesty, through Mr. Falsafi, to get this fight done. That is why the military forces occupied the Hazirat’ul-Quds. Of course, we are grateful, but these actions are not enough. His Holiness the Ayatollah sent messages to you, the representatives, yesterday and last night, that he will not be content with these actions. The government must pass a bill to satisfy the desire of Muslims. I have almost made that thought into a plan and have had it signed. But I am not presenting that plan yet. I will leave it for later to see what the government will do.”
(Khalatbary stated, “But the parliament gave its approval.”)
“What is meant by an intrigant [troublemaker] when Safaie wrote in the circular that we would stop the intrigant? Is it meant the Tudeh’i? Who is it? The government must take effective action, they must throw out all Baha’is from the offices.”
(Representatives said: “That is correct. Well-done”.)
(Dr. Jazayeri: “No doubt this must be done”.)
“Thank God everyone talks, but there is no action.”