90% of atheists and propagandists trained in religious seminaries

Hassan Rahimpour Azghadi, propagandist of the Iranian regime and member of Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution

[A footage by Hassan Rahimpour Azghadi, propagandist of the Iranian regime and member of Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution. He talks about how leaders of secular movements in Iran had a seminary education.]

Azghadi: You must pay attention to this that behind all these projects, there were usually a few clerics who had studied in the seminary and some of them were highly educated. Some of them were still wearing turbans, and some had set them aside. Behind all these projects there were some experienced clerics. Because no one, except these people, knew what to do, how to talk to the clergymen, how to theorize unfrocking and what language to use.

Even an issue of unveiling [of women during Reza Shah Pahlavi]. Today we know exactly how such things were dared to say in the society. Some of the clerics had joined the government and were unfrocked and had set aside the religion; they used strong religious and clerical language and were very educated. In statements, speeches, and texts that were written, they explained the issue [of unveiling] in such a way that one really thought that this was the language for it and this was really the path to deepening roots of the religion, and not shutting it down.

This was their language. Pahlavi regime had 7 or 8 ideologues – directly or indirectly connected to the regime. 7 or 8 educated people. They were all either clerics or children from clerics’ families. Pay attention.

This was the Enemy’s projects in the seminary. 90% of leaders of atheistic movements in Iran were like that. You know Ehsan Tabari as the biggest ideologue of the left in Iran. He was the son of Ayatollah Tabarestani. Kianoori was the grandson of Sheikh Fazlollah Nouri, etc. Leaders of laic and secular constitutional movement in Iran were all like that.

Kasravi was a cleric and had cleric clothing. Taghizadeh was in cleric clothing. For a while, he talked as a cleric and later unfrocked. From among the clerics in respectful families of Grand Ayatollahs in Qom, they recruited members for Freemasonry. Son of Ayatollah Tabatabai, the Grand Ayatollah who supported constitutionalism. They went to their children, sons- and daughters-in-law. And some of the grand Ayatollahs themselves. Who gave the fatwa for killing Sheikh Fazlollah Nouri?

Another grand Ayatollah. Either he was going to be one of five grand Ayatollahs supervising sharia laws in the constitutional parliament, or, I think, he was one of those five. Creating differences among the grand Ayatollahs went too far, and at the time of constitutional movement, late Mirza Na’ini, and late Akhund Khorasani took a stance against Sheikh Fazlollah Nouri. Very harsh stances. One cannot mention them now.

Our first-class grand Ayatollahs in Najaf sometimes issued statements against Sheikh Fazlollah Nouri with a language that was close to excommunication. The communication between grand Ayatollahs was weak, they were not well aware of the subject, and they didn’t know the enemy. In the end, they assassinated Behbehani in Tehran – who was the opposite pole of Sheikh Fazlollah. And Sheikh Fazlollah was hanged too. Both by the same group.