Monday, June 09, 2003

Here is a book review of "Religious Minorities in Iran" which I mentioned here a while ago, having seen it at last year's Tehran International Book Fair. "Iranian secularists and the left have done themselves no favours in their own lack of sympathy for the Baha'is. This is not because they may or may not have legitimate grievances about the religion, but because it portrays a continuing inability to understand what human rights are about." What can I say other than "he is right"? I don't have a solution. The measure of the humanity of a society is in how it treats its most marginalized citizens. Admzad has similar criticisms, but again no answers. He thinks that hatred is one of the features of Iranian culture. If you know a prominent Iranian in Iran who's spoken against the treatment of Bahai's in Iran please comment.

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