One brave ayatollah sparks a light in Iran

His gift of a work of calligraphy to Bahá’ís, a marginalized religious minority, is shockingly courageous.

Bahá’í World News Service Photo
Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani works on calligraphy presented to the world’s Bahá’ís.
Geoffrey Cameron, Robert Joustra
Published: Tuesday, 04/29/2014 12:13 am EDT

The Office of Religious Freedom marked its first anniversary in February. At a forum organized for this occasion, Religious Freedom Ambassador Andrew Bennett remarked that in the Middle East, the world has witnessed “a worrying inverse trend of persecution and human rights” in the wake of the Arab Spring. A similar trend has extended to Iran under President Hassan Rouhani. Religious minorities have been among the worst affected by this rising tide of extremism.

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