[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:] Dolat-e Etedal

[Date:] 21 Ordibehesht 1393 [11 May 2014]

 

Younesi’s Remarks Are Not Inadvertent

Consider the speeches of Younesi alongside the Salafis, Jews, Baha’is and Taghuts. In fact, the purpose of such comments is to provide a basis for the presence of currents opposed to the Islamic Revolution in society.

... Younesi provides the context and space in the society for another movement. He is trying to create a bipolar atmosphere to lead the society into conflict. Our main concern is that if such an atmosphere is created, there will be a lot of irritations in the society. Consider Younesi’s speeches alongside those of Salafis, Jews, Baha’is, and Taghuts. In fact, the purpose of such comments is to provide a basis for the presence of currents opposed to the Islamic Revolution in society.

Younesi’s marginalizing remarks are not inadvertent. Younesi acts with full awareness and care, and we do not just warn Mr. Rouhani to remove Younesi from his post, but he should also seek to clear the negative image of such suspicious behaviour that has been created against the government. Today, it is felt that the government and the president’s advisers are opposed to the principle of revolution. They are leading a movement that [would urge] Rouhani to clear his government of these accusations and have an explicit comment on this issue.

The president should have a managerial dealing with Younesi; that is, [Younesi] should be fired so that the people do not feel that such actions are an organized move by the government. We expect the government to address this issue before any problems arise. A [certain] current wants to activate opposition spaces in society. Today, some groups intend to bring to the fore the monarchist, Baha’i and even Wahhabi currents, and this is a well-considered matter that is happening, but Rouhani still has a chance to clear his government of these accusations.

Nasrollah Pejmanfar

Member of the Cultural Commission of the Islamic Consultative Assembly