[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:] Jomhoury-e Eslami
[Date:] Saturday 16 Azar 1364 [7 December 1985], 24 Rabi’al-Awwal 1406
[Issue No.:] 1890
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while rejecting the false accusations of the United States Department of State, said, “In the Islamic Republic, no one is questioned or reproached for having a particular religious belief.”
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, while rejecting the false and baseless accusations of the U.S. Department of State, restated that in the regime of the Islamic Republic, no one is questioned or condemned because of his religious beliefs.
According to the news agency of the Islamic Republic, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our country, regarding the dissemination of the baseless statements of the U.S. Department of State about the perverse Baha’i sect, announced, “The aim of such poisonous propaganda against the Islamic Republic is creation of pessimism about the Islamic Revolution of Iran, and as per their vain imaginings, they intend to prevent the expansion of the mostazafan [vulnerable] Muslim nation’s affection and attraction to this Revolution.” He added, “Of course, the biased propaganda and hostile methods used by America against the Islamic Republic of Iran, our Muslim people and its campaigners, since the very early victory of the Islamic Revolution, and up to now, has continued in various forms, and America has always been attempting to undermine the reputation of the Islamic Republic through unfounded allegations.”
This spokesperson said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran does not anticipate anything else from a dominant regime such as America—all of whose plots and conspiracies for the region have failed—except to continue its propaganda and create such ambiguities. [Iran] deems it fit, while refuting the baseless accusations—from sources like the American Ministry of Foreign Affairs (sic) and other so-called motivators of human rights—to restate that, in the regime of the Islamic Republic, no one is condemned or questioned regarding [his or her] religious beliefs.
Of course with those who, by taking advantage of the freedoms granted, intend to satisfy the colonialist wishes, in the framework of misguided parties and through plotting and conspiracies, act against the Revolution and the regime of the Islamic Republic, [we] have been and will be vehemently confronting [them], and will pay no attention to the statements of the supporters of Zionism.