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[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]

 

[Newspaper:] Post-e Tehran

[Date:] 28 Aban [18 November]

[Issue No.:] 1036

 

Census and Religion

Rudsar – Last week, in the Langarud District, the census agents encountered a new issue. That is, during the census, several employees of the offices, in response to the question, “What is your religion?” responded “Baha’i religion”.

Since the officers have not been instructed to write the “Baha’i Faith” in their census papers, they wrote “other religion”. But the Baha’is objected to this action and persistently requested that the word Baha’i be written, and since the agents did not pay attention to their request, all of them together protested against the agents through a city telegram. As a result, the head of the census in the district convened a meeting with them and the officials in the district, while notifying them of the necessary issues, reminding them that the Baha’i Faith is not an official [religion], so it was better to declare ”other religion”. However, the Baha’is, led by the head of one of the financial departments of Langarud, were not convinced and they argued and insisted on the straight implementation of their opinion. The residents are currently waiting to observe what the office of the census will do about this issue.