[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]

 

[Newspaper:] Ettelaat

[Date:] Tuesday, 16 Azar 1364 – 24 Rabi’al-Awwal 1406 – 7 December 1985

[Issue No.:] 17756

[Page:] 3

 

Iran’s position against the false and baseless accusations of the United States State Department was announced.

Tehran – Islamic Republic Broadcasting – The spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, while dismissing the false and groundless accusations of the United States of America’s Foreign Ministry [Department of State], declared, "No one would be questioned or reproached merely for [their] religious beliefs in the Islamic Republic’s regime."

With regards to dissemination of the unfounded materials by the United States State Department about the followers of the perverse Baha’i sect, the spokesperson of our country’s Foreign Ministry announced, “The purpose of this poisonous propaganda against the Islamic Republic is to create pessimism about the Islamic Revolution of Iran, and by spreading their false hopes, attempt to thwart the expansion of the interest in and attention of the oppressed people and Muslin nations to this Revolution.”

He added, “Indeed, the United States of America’s spiteful propaganda and hostile approach towards the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Muslim people and the warriors, have been continuing in various  forms since the victory of the Islamic Revolution. The United States of America, by constantly inflicting false accusations, has sought to taint the good name of the Islamic Republic.

This spokesperson added, “Islamic Iran cannot expect any better from a dominant regime like the United States [of America], all of whose ineffective machinations and collusions for the region have failed, than their continuing with these types of publicity and propaganda. [I] deem it necessary, while dismissing the false accusations of the United States State Department and other so-called supporters of human rights, to emphasize, yet again, that in the Islamic Republic’s regime no one would be questioned or reproached merely for his/her religious belief.

Obviously, those who have taken advantage of the freedoms granted, wishing to conceal  imperialism’s intentions under the mask of the misguided sects, and act in opposition to the Revolution and Islamic Republic Regime with conspiracy and collusion, have been and will be confronted with firmness, and the opinions of the Zionist supporters will not be of value.