Editor’s Note: Rasa News Agency continues to share the sentiments of the Iranian clerical establishment towards the Baha’is. In this case, a thoroughly discredited conspiracy theory that the Baha’i Faith was a creation of British intelligence (Baha’u’llah never actually met any Britons until nearly at the end of His life) is the basis of this clergyman’s criticism. The latest in this series is a report published on February 25, 2009.
Hojjato’l-Islam Ali Mu’alimi, representative of the people of Mazandaran in the Assembly of Experts of the Leadership [the highest ranking body of 86 clerical experts responsible for the election of the Supreme Leader – editor] in an interview with the reporter for Rasa in Sari stated, “The enemies of the sacred regime of the Islamic Republic have recognized that belief and obedience to the rule of clerics is the most important cause of firmness and constancy in the Iranian nation and of the certain victory of the Islamic revolution. For this reason, they endeavor to weaken and destroy this foundation.”
He stated that he considers the Baha’i sect to be a political movement and in service to British espionage. He said, “This wayward sect seeks through outwardly spiritual and mystical teachings to cause devoted societies to go astray from their straight path and divine confirmations.”
He emphasized that the enemy [i.e. the Baha’i community] has programs for undermining and weakening the foundation of the belief of Iranian society, “By spreading a series of secondary issues, the enemy is trying to cause Islamic society to grow farther from such fundamental values as are Islamic, or exhibit the spirit of sacrifice, submission and martyrdom-seeking.”
The Imam Jum’ih of Qaemshahr remarked that the Iranian nation would not suffer defeat through their allegiance to moral and Iranian codes, and added, “The policy of colonialists and imperialists in opposing the religious values of our society is to create a new religion [i.e. the Baha’i Faith].” …
[Source: http://www.rasanews.com/Negaresh_site/FullStory/?Id=49196. Translation by Iran Press Watch.]