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That looks like a Rastafarian hat in the background, but these are three Bahá'í sisters, among those arrested on May 19 in Iran for the crime of serving their neighbours. They had applied for and received all the necessary 'permits' that are required for such activity in Iran, and still ended in jail.
The crime? Teaching underprivileged children as unpaid volunteers. This was not proselytizing - Bahá'ís do not indulge in trying to make converts. This was not a mere 'tactic' - this was community service; some non-Bahá'ís involved have already been released.
I heard this story from my sister - it did not make it into the news services I use, which is something to think about too. There is coverage at the Bahá'í World News site, here: Update on arrests in Iran, and here: 54 Bahá'ís arrested in Iran.
Brutal persecution of Bahá'ís in Iran has been going on for a long time - since the very beginning of the Bahá'í faith in the mid 1800's. It gives the lie to any notion of an open Muslim society. Bahá'ís I have met talk of "escaping" from Iran and some of the stories are horrific: A man and his wife and their infant crossing the desert on a small motorcycle, barely escaping with their lives.
As if we didn't know eh? National Post: A colour code for Iran's 'infidels'.
Also worthwhile checking out the Hojjatieh Society (Wikipedia) a clandestine organization vehemently anti-Bahá'í and anti-Sunni.
Tags: Iran, Muslim, Islam, Bahai, Bahá'í, Hojjatieh.