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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:] Sobh-e Azadegan
[Date:] Tuesday 27 Bahman 1360- 21 Rabi‘at-Thani 1402- 16 February 1982
A Glance at the Hojjatieh Society
Interview with Mr. Mehdi Tayyeb, the present representative to the Islamic Consultative Assembly and a previous member of the [Hojjatieh] Society
Concerning fighting against Baha’ism, and given that within the [Hojjatieh] Society, fighting against Baha’ism was a major issue, the decadent regime of the Shah was not a major threat to Islam; as a result, in order to fight the Baha’is, the Society relies upon the previous regime’s influential and powerful personalities and those authorities from among the Shah’s regime, and tries to convince them to collaborate and assist it. This action means clinging to a great evil in order to fight a smaller evil.
One of the other particular characteristics of the Society is being self-centred, which is not limited only to this Society; this is an institutional sickness that many organisations are grappling with in such a way that the Society sets its own criteria for evaluation, acceptance and rejection. This necessitates that the Society only approves those individuals that approve the society and rejects those that disapprove of it. Therefore, the Society’s criterion for judging personalities, groups and processes is their position towards the Society, rather than their personal standing. Should one of the most important religious personalities oppose the Society and its activities, they would reject him. The Society’s position towards the religious authorities is also affected by this strategy.