[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:] Rasekhoon

[Date:] 1 Khordad 1388 [22 May 2009]

 

Supporting the Perverse Bahai Sect to Win Votes is an Electoral Ploy

Shazand’s representative in the Islamic Consultative Assembly said, “Supporting and praising the perverse Baha’i sect has no place in gaining votes and is an electoral ploy.”

On Friday, Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash condemned the actions of some presidential candidates and their followers in support of the perverse Baha’i sect; he said, “Some people question the principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran and try to win votes at any cost.”

He [said], “These statements that Baha’is in Iran have rights to citizenship are illegal electoral violations.”

The member of the Central Council of the Conservative faction of Parliament [said], “Baha’ism is a sect that is considered heretical in terms of the religion of Islam, the law and the elders.”

Ahmadi Bighash reminded [the other members]: “Certainly, the election monitoring bodies are considering these statements. Praising a misguided sect to get a vote is unconstitutional.”

He also criticized the promises and slogans of some of the candidates in the 10th presidential election. He said: “If any candidate promises the people, ‘If they trust me and I get the vote, I promise to be a good servant within the framework of the constitution’, he is lying.”

The member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Parliament continued, “Not all powers in Iran fall within the scope of the duties of the president. The person who becomes the head of the executive branch cannot do everything...”