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

 

[Newspaper:] Kayhan-e Havaei

[Date:] Wednesday 9 Esfand 1368 - 2 Sha‘ban 1410 – 28 February 1990

[Issue No.:] 869

[Page:] 9

 

American Protection of the Political Group of Baha’ism

Tehran – News Service – Kayhan-e Havaei– 2 Esfand – 21 February – The American representative to the Human Rights Commission [of the United Nations], in mentioning the Baha’i political group as a religious minority group, accused Iran of suppressing their religious rights.

Christopher Smith—one of the representatives of the American Republican Party in the Congress, sent by George Bush to the [UN] Human Rights Commission in Geneva—said that the Islamic Republic of Iran does not allow the members of Baha’u’llah’s Faith to perform their religious ceremonies, organize their special schools or elect their religious leaders.

The continuous support of America for the political sect of Baha’ism demonstrates that this political group follows special goals in Iran; otherwise all, those with political ideologies different to that of Islam are living freely in Iran.  Previously, the political sect of Baha’ism, by influencing the country’s important organs, even exceeded the very close allies of the Shah’s regime.  The American protection of the political sect of Baha’ism is a valid reason to believe that this group is a political group and also serves the interest of foreign governments.