[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]

 

[Adapted from website:] Mehr News Agency

[Date:] 5 Esfand 1390 [24 February 2012]

 

Zahedi Stated:

…Mehr News Agency – The head of the Islamic propaganda office of the City of Mahdi Shahr said, “Perverse sects cause serious harm to all members of society.”

According to the Mehr reporter, on Thursday, in the meeting hall of the Mahdi Shahr governorate, Hojatoleslam Gholam-Reza Zahedi, in the educational conference on the perverse sect and emerging mysticism, while [uttering the statement] above, added, “Education is the basis of the growth and development of society.”

In this meeting, Esmail Rouzbahani, lecturer on sects and religions, also said, “Sects are something separate from religions and beliefs. Religion is a set of rules including beliefs, rules and ethics, [which] have been proven through the Prophet and rational arguments.”

He said, “Religions and beliefs have never been harmful in societies per se, but sects, while their existence is destructive and harmful, represent a non-dynamic society in which the members of that society blindly follow the path prepared for them by their leaders.”

Rouzbahani said, “The main Baha’i sect system is nothing but the denial of an idea, and Baha’ism is considered to be the most serious sect and the largest religious minority in Iran.”

The master of sects and religions added, “The Baha’is have different entry points where they import some goods into the country.”

He added, “The perverse Baha’i sect has nothing to say, but they use the most [effective] propaganda methods.”