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'Mr. Islamic Republic, Do You Know That A Baha'i Will Be Iran's President?'

Abdul Baha, founder of the Baha'i faith
An Iranian blogger, yarro, inspired by Obama's inauguration this week, writes "today, people...have reached such a level of intelligence that they look at each other only as human; color, religion, and other factors are not used for discrimination against each other."

The blogger adds that one day something similar could happen in Iran.

"I have a dream, a dream that one day in my country equality will be achieved. I might not be alive when that day comes, but it will definitely come, a day when someone, who doesn't believe in the Islamic Republic, without facing discrimination, will become Iran's president.... Yes, Mr. Islamic Republic, a day will come when a Baha'i will be [able] to become Iran's President."

It's not clear if the blogger is a member of the Baha'i faith, which faces widespread discrimination and persecution in Iran.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari

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