[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:] Shahbazi
[Date:] 9 Khordad 1387 [29 May 2008]
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A Reflection on the Baha’i Sect Question
- In recent weeks, there has been an organized wave of commotion about Baha’is. The limited number of arrests of some of the Baha’is has sparked a wave of propaganda about hostility towards Baha’is in Iran that is disproportionate to the scale of the arrests. I do not know who made these arrests; what was the reason behind them and why should these things happen now?
- The istifta [seeking religious advice] of Ayatollah Montazeri, and his response, which accidentally also took place in this context, is another important factor in creating this organized wave. Ayatollah Montazeri ws asked about the citizenship rights of the Baha’is and he replied, “Baha’is have the right to water, earth and the right to citizenship because they are natives of this country and must enjoy the Islamic compassion emphasized by the Quran and the religious leaders.”
Mr. Montazeri’s response should be interpreted as meaning that Baha’is should enjoy citizenship rights after formally declaring their membership in the Baha’i sect; a practice that even the Pahlavi government did not dare to accept. I do not think that Mr. Montazeri, who has been with Ayatollah Borujerdi and Imam Khomeini, has paid attention to his answer and its consequences.
- Ayatollah Khamenei, the supreme leader of the revolution, in his speech on 14 Ordibehesht 1387 [3 May 2008] with the students in Shiraz, described the Baha’i sect, without mentioning its name, as an organization whose name is religion but which is inherently a political organization.
In fact, the Baha’i sect is not a religion in the conventional sense; it is a very cohesive, centralized, and secretive sect that has a history of almost a century and a half of covert activity, especially infiltrating government institutions, political organizations and the creation of hidden and influential lobbies of power. From this point of view, no Iranian political organization is comparable to the Baha’i sect.
- The recent propaganda wave is not simple and natural; it is organized and purposeful.
- The above factors have caused some media outlets to widely spread propaganda about the Baha’is in the past two weeks and try to promote the Baha’i issue as the most important case of “human rights violations” in Iran, and worldwide. Apparently, this is a new subject that should replace the nuclear controversy against Iran. The Persian language media active in this field are especially the Persian BBC and the electronic ROOZ journal.
- The Baha’i community is highly class-based, and the unity of this sect is based on totalitarian and authoritarian centrality. The Baha’i community is divided into three classes: the upper class (rich), the middle class, and the lower class (poor).
- The conspiracy theorists have no qualms about creating a controversy in Iran similar to the “pogroms”, in cooperation with the leaders of the Baha’i sect, in order to preserve their very valuable network of hidden elements, and to sacrifice some Baha’is for their plans and goals; even if these people are well-known leaders of the Baha’i sect.
- Experience shows that the propaganda controversy over the Baha’i issue culminates when a major incident occurs in Iran. In this way, they try to threaten the Iranian authorities or overshadow the incident or divert it. Lately, which incident or development has caused concern and resulted in the recent movements and controversy?