Baha’is saddened by portrayal of Baha’i Faith in new TV series shown on network connected to Iranian government

Geneva – Baha’i World News Service (BWNS)
13 February

The depiction of offensive images of Baha’u’llah and the Bab, the founders of the Baha’i Faith, in a new TV series in Iran, has profoundly saddened the worldwide Baha’i community. The series presents an insulting and demeaning depiction of the founders of the Baha’i Faith, who are revered by Baha’is throughout the world. While in the international arena, the Iranian government actively objects to insults against religious sacred precepts [for example, sponsoring the “Cairo Declaration” of 1990, and UN “Defamation of Religion” resolution of 2009], it is shameful to see the production and dissemination of this series by a news medium associated with the government.

It appears that the daily broadcast of the series, entitled “The Constitutional Years “, which started on the 12th of Bahman [1 Feb. 2010] to coincide with the Fajr — the 10th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution — will continue through through the 25th of Bahman [14 Feb. 2010].

The series claims to present a documented historical account of the Constitutional Revolution during the late 19th and early 20th centuries — a period that coincided with the early years of the appearance of the Baha’i Faith in Iran. The series revolves around the baseless and threadbare accusation that the Baha’i Faith is a creation of British imperialistic politics in order to combat
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