[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:] Ferghe News

[Date:] 19 Esfand 1395 [9 March 2017]

 

Dealing with the Baha’is ... Yes or No?

Whenever news of arrests or other forms of coercion by security forces against elements of the Baha’i organization spread in the country, various individuals and media outlets immediately try to cite some citizens’ rights or refer to part of the Islamic Republic of Iran constitution which declares that citizens have the right to freedom of thought. They condemn the mentioned dealings and incite [the Baha’is] to appeal to international organizations [for redress]. The main trick of these people is to tie the [the judicial treatment they have received to their] attitudes and beliefs; in other words, they try to introduce themselves as people who have been tried just because they are Baha’is.

But really, what is the truth of the matter? Why should a regime that is exposed to the onslaught of various enemies, and whose slightest behaviour is reflected in hundreds of international forums, enter into such an issue and involve several different institutions in the realm of the thoughts and beliefs of a small group?

It should be noted that the vain and meaningless teachings of the Baha’is can in no way frighten any government; [in fact,] the author believes that even if the Baha’is find a podium on national television, it will not be welcomed. So, apart from the fact that no government engages its stable [national] security by entering into the attitudes of the people of the society and the propagation of the ridiculous ideas of this current can in no wise be an excuse for violent clashes.