Inside Bay Area has an interesting story of an Iranian forensic examiner who left Iran in 1979 when the Islamic Revolution took place, guess why?

Because he practiced the Bahai Faith, he knew that he would have lost many freedoms had he stayed under the new regime, which treated followers of Bahai — an ancient Iranian religion — as second-class citizens, he said.

So he came to the United States in search of an education, with which he had hoped to return to Iran one day. But as fate would have it, his quest for knowledge may have saved his life.

“The new regime promised us more freedom,” he said. “But what it actually did was take them away. If you are Bahai, you could not go to college; you could not get a good job. Many of the jobs are run by the government. … The only thing you could be is a shopkeeper.”

Two of his uncles and a pair of friends were executed by the government because of their beliefs. And at one point, while he was studying at the University of South Dakota, Nikoui learned from family members that he, too, could have been killed because of his involvement in the Bahai movement when he was younger.

“There was no way to go back,” he said. “They told me that I had been blacklisted.”

Though things have calmed in his native country during the past 28 years, Nikoui still has not returned to Iran. Most of his family also escaped persecution. They are spread all over the world.

Read the rest of the story here.

Nikoui’s story is only one out of many… decades later and Iran still hasn’t ceased its human rights abuses against its peaceful Baha’i minority.

The not-so-Islamic Iranian government should realize that Baha’is have a right to Iran just like their fellow citizens, they shouldn’t be constantly harassed, discriminated against, and chased out of the country merely because of their different religious path. On behalf of the Muslim officials in Iran we apologize for these unjust practices which don’t represent our faith in any way.