[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:] Kayhan Havaei

[Date:] 24 Azar 1372 [15 December 1993]

[Issue No.:] 1061

[Page:] 17

 

… In another part of this book, when the writer, for some reasons which are not clear to me, tries to introduce Mr. Amir Abbas Hoveyda, among the swamp of the wealthy, corrupt men of Pahlavi, as an incomparable embodiment of corruption and evildoings, instead of considering his actions by going through the pages of the ten-year workbook of his premiership, he only considers it enough that his grandfather was a Baha’i. According to this book, the reason for his grandfather [Hoveyda]’s being a Baha’i is that he probably was desperate for food, and in order to get a job he became a servant in the court of Abbas Effendi.

The interesting point is that, in world’s most capitalist countries, race and the colour of skin directly or indirectly determine people’s value. However, in our country, instead of the colour of skin, people’s religion is the indicator of their race. Even seven generations later, they could be discredited because of their ancestor’s religion, and they are not aware that religion is a belief system and not the person’s race. People’s belief is an individual and personal choice, and not a hereditary and genetic matter. Of course, it can be contagious, but not everywhere, any time and unexceptionally.

It is based on this thinking system that, even though Mr. Hoveyda, time after time, directly or indirectly, has declared that he does not believe in the Baha’i Faith, it seems that the writer of the book clearly knows better and thinks that he believed in this religion, while usually Baha’is do not negate their religious belief.