[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]


[Newspaper:] Ettelaat

[Date:] Thursday 4 Esfand 1362 [23 February 1984]

[Issue No.:] 17240

[Page:] 21


“Velayat” [Or:Velayat-e Faqih Guardianship of Islamic Jurist] Fundamental Element of Khat-e Imam [Imam’s Line]

Continuation from page 19

…the complete isolation of this also, plenty of programmes are being prepared that have been successful in some areas, such as the emergence of anti-intellectualism and anti-knowledge (in the new sense) amongst the clerics, dragging some weak, gluttonous and lustful clergy-looking people and a severe crackdown of the committed and combatant clergy and direct and indirect propagation of the idea of  turning Qum, like the Vatican, into a modern “Teaching Centre” for dissemination of harmless and safe Islamic sciences, and with SAVAK’s permission to write about some marginal and minor immoral issues, or prohibition of drinking Pepsi Cola [the soft-drink company owned by a Baha’i] while at the same time, the modern Iranian wineries were in production and advertised officially in the mass media, or opposing Baha’ism, but only in a certain way, assuring that it does not harm anyone, and instead attracting a group of the youth—fearing that if left free, they might act against the regime—and brainwash them with Baha’i and “Anti-Baha’i” nonsense, and practically accepting the Taghut [meaning idol, but referring to Pahlavi regime] Guardianship in the shadow of SAVAK and promoting it in lieu of receiving permission for this combat, and in the meantime, take advantage of the tenet of Anticipation for Salvation and the Universal Resurrection of Imam Mahdi AJ [God hasten his reappearance] as a deviant tool to ensure the survival of Taghut government…