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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Etelate Rooz

[Date:] 7 Ordibehesht 1396 [27 April 2017]

 

Two Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Called on the U.S. Government to Take a Tougher Stance Against Iran, Citing Human Rights Allegations.

Etelate Rooz – Some Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, who have a history of working with the opposition to the Islamic Republic, have called on the U.S. government to take a tougher stance against Iran.

According to the Sunshine State News website, on Tuesday, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican from Florida and chairperson of the U.S. House subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, along with Ted Deutch, a Florida Democrat on the committee, issued a statement in support of the perverse Baha’i sect and homosexuals, and thus tried to question the human rights situation in Iran.

According to the report, Ros-Lehtinen said in this regard, “The human rights situation in Iran has deteriorated while that country is also facing elections this month. In recent years, despite the propaganda of Iran’s reformist president Hassan Rouhani, pressure on the opposition and minorities in Iran has intensified.”

She went on to express support for the perverse Baha’i sect, claiming that members of the sect were widely arrested and were denied access to education. She added that 90 Baha’is are imprisoned in Iran for their beliefs....

Deutch, another member of the U.S. House of Representatives, also defended homosexuals, claiming, in line with Ros-Lehtinen, “Iran is persecuting Baha’is and imprisoning homosexuals. The United States needs to confront Iran’s human rights abuses directly. This resolution is a strong response to this regime because of its treatment of Baha’is and the imprisonment of Americans and other foreign nationals.”

According to the source, Chris Smith, a Republican, and Eliot Engel, another Republican from New York, supported the statement of the two U.S. representatives.