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


[Newspaper:] Koushesh

[Date:] 25 Ordibehesht 1334 [16 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 35


Fighting the Baha’is

Mr. Seyyed Ahmad Safaei, the representative of Qazvin, has prepared a plan to fight the Baha’is, which consists of the following four articles. He has submitted it for immediate approval to the next session of the Parliament, following the signatures of some deputies.

Speaker of the National Assembly

… For some time now, Iran has been suffering from a disruptive population that has arisen, in the guise of religions, against the security of the Muslim people of Iran and the territorial integrity of the country.

… The members of this population have increased their courage and activity and have disrupted the security of the society, by insulting the religious traditions and rituals and opposing religiosity and piety…

…At this time, under the guidance of the Muslim and nation-loving king, the affairs of the country are organized in an orderly manner…

We present the following plan, which has four articles, to suppress the essence of corruption [the Baha’is] with level three urgency and we ask the [parliamentary] representatives of the nation who are interested in nationalism, establishment of security, and protecting Islamic dignity to approve it… 

Article 1- The corrupt population of Babis, and their affiliates such as Azalis and Baha’is, are declared as anti-national security and illegal.

Article 2- From now on, membership in this population and pretending to be affiliated with it in any way is considered as a crime. The perpetrator is sentenced to two to ten years in solitary confinement and deprivation of civil rights.

Article 3- The immovable property that is the community centre of the organizations affiliated with this group, or income that is spent on the affairs of this population, will be transferred to the Ministry of Culture, to be allocated for the establishment of educational organizations and dissemination of religious knowledge and principles of godliness.

Article 4- People from this population who work in government departments and their affiliates, as of this date, will be dismissed from government service and they will not be [covered by] the employment law in any way.