[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]

 

[Newspaper:] Tehran Mosavvar

[Date:] 22 Ordibehesht 1344 [12 May 1965]

[Issue Number:] 611

 

The National Consultative Assembly defends the right to protest against Bahaism

The government’s campaign against Bahaism was supported and approved by all members of the National Consultative Assembly, and, as was mentioned in a private meeting, they would support any action that the government enforces on this sect, [members of which are] destroying the religious foundation and the national unity of Iran by their own hands.  The representatives of the National Consultative Assembly believe that the government does not need any other law to fight against this sect, or to suppress them.

The government can fight this perverse sect under the pretext that the Constitution of Iran recognizes the Athna‘ashariyyah Shi’ate as Iran’s official religion, and therefore cannot officially recognize a sect whose purpose is opposition to Islam. The parliament, if necessary, could, while reporting on its operations, request a vote of confidence, so that with the parliamentary votes from two [houses of] parliament [Senate House and the Consultative Assembly], the representatives can approve the government’s actions.