Religion: Heretics in Islam

Fiercely mustachioed General Nader Batmanghelich, chief of staff of the Iranian army, raised a pickax one day last week and brought it down hard on one of the highest domes in Teheran. This ceremonial blow dramatized the Iranian government's outlawing of the Bahai religion in the land where it was born and began the conversion of Bahai national headquarters into a secular building. All over the world, from the lakeside gentility of Chicago to Israel's port city of Haifa, Bahai voices rose in protest.

One Up on Christianity. To the Shiite Moslems of Iran, Bahaism is a heretical splinter group. The controversy...

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