[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:] 29 Tir 1389 [20 July 2010]

 

Shojaeizand Said:

Indigenous Development Pattern Design: A Solution to Dealing With Emerging Religious Phenomena

Dr. Shojaeizand called the design of a model of development appropriate to the Iranian society and culture one of the ways to resolve the damage of the phenomenon of the new religious movement in the country. He added, “I consider removal of the [topic, the] model of indigenous development from [today’s] discussion. To localize a phenomenon means to adapt what originally belongs to another place and to adjust it to our climate, which is wrong.”...

He cited the government’s encounter with the emerging sects as a political obstacle to the growth and expansion of new religious movements in Iran. He added, “Islamic societies, including Iran, do not easily accept modernity and secularization, and this is a serious obstacle to the realization of new religious movements in Iran.”...

Mousavi: “The only way to prevent the growth of Baha’ism is to cut off the Baha’i sect’s organization from the Baha’i community.”

At the end of the meeting, one of the activists in the field of researching emerging sects described the recent activities of the Baha’i sect and warned against the entry of these deviant currents in the political, economic and, especially, cultural field: “Lack of awareness leads to the growth of deviant sects in Iran.”

While stating that Baha’ism is not widespread in Iran, but many new deviant sects have 160 years of experience with Baha’ism, Dr. Mousavi added, “Although several centres are in charge of dealing with these phenomena, so far the only-security approach has been good, but security is no longer the only effective factor, and unfortunately, we have acted very poorly in the cultural field.”

He called the legal vacuum one of the main reasons for not dealing seriously with deviant sects. He said, “In addition to transparency and awareness, the only way to prevent the growth of Baha’ism is to cut off the Baha’i sect’s organization from the Baha’i community.”