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[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:] Iran’s Metropolises News Agency (IMNA)

[Date:] 28 Tir 1398 [19 July 2019]

 

Mahdavi: The Enemy Imposes Its Thoughts on Our Society Under Various Pretexts

According to the IMNA reporter, this afternoon, 28 Tir [19 July], in the sermons of this week’s Friday prayers, Ayatollah Seyyed Abol-Hasan Mahdavi, referring to the importance of observing divine piety, said, “One of the cases of observance of piety is in cyberspace; the sin of backbiting is more severe than adultery and is not limited to verbal speech....

Mahdavi said, “Under the pretext of freedom of religion, they resort to defending Baha’is or other minorities which are illegal. [They] promote illegitimate relations under the pretext of gender equality, and they impose on us [their claimed] right to freedom and information [on the basis] of the 2030 document. Under the pretext of equal rights, they promote promiscuity and vulgarity in society, and they promote dog walking under the pretext of defending animal rights.