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


[Adapted from website:] Gooya News

[Date:] 4 December 2018


Emadeddin Baghi: Turning “Virtue” Into “Sin” in the Lexicon of Fundamentalism

In the last few days, following a debate, Hojatoleslam Mojtaba Lotfi, one of the claimants of contemporary history, fabricated a claim about Ayatollah Montazeri’s financial assistance to the Mojahedin [People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran] and Baha’i prisoners in the post-revolutionary years. Quoting Mr. Lotfi, and despite the release of the audio file of the debate on the Avaye Kherad Channel and the proof of its falsity, the Tasnim [News Agency] website and some fundamentalist publications have welcomed the news by republishing [it] and writing the analysis. It is as if they have made a new discovery to prove the old slanders and have started [to create] mayhem about it. They have also exploited this fake statement, as if he had supported the Mojahedin-e Khalgh Organization, who were the perpetrators of the terrorism and the explosion…

Ayatollah Montazeri, as far as I personally know, has not received any request or referrals from Baha’i families, or from those accused and convicted of violent and terrorist acts, that he treats them like Imam Ali. Who really is the role model for these fundamentalists?

The financial aid of Ayatollah Montazeri, which is also followed by his family since his death, was not as they claimed, but if it was, it was in accordance with human and religious ideals. They have even challenged the word of God with a logic that is contaminated with power. One of them says, “Since the convicts of the perverse Baha’i sect and their families are directly under the protection of the global network of this colonial Israeli sect, the concern about the fate of their families is unnecessary and a sign of naivety, as this concern about the family of the Monafeghin [Mojahedin] is unfounded due to the actions of the [Mojahedin] organization. Plus, if someone should be responsible, it is the responsibility of the government institutions and not the religious jurisprudence authority.” …