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Cultural Purge: Iranian MPs want secularism advocates out of universities

Report source: Press TV

Up to 130 Iranian parliamentarians have called for strict action to be taken against proponents of secularism in universities throughout the country.

Students protesting at Tehran's Sharif University - September 2009
Iranian universities are scene of frequent protests by the students supporting the opposition

The lawmakers made the call in a letter signed and addressed to the Minister of Science, Research and Technology Kamran Daneshjou.

The MPs warned Daneshjou of the activities that were carried out in universities by "certain individuals who are hostile toward the Islamic system."

"The cultural message of the [1979] Islamic Revolution is the most important topic that university professors and the elite must seek to promote," IRNA cited the letter as saying.

Science Minister Kamran Daneshjou:
"professors with deviant views will be dismissed"
Daneshjou, who has been accused of
Plagiarism and fabricating some of his credentials, was the head of the Election Headquarters during the disputed presidential elections in June 2009

"Activities of individuals, who feel enmity toward the Islamic establishment, are unacceptable. What is more, nowhere in the world are resources and opportunities generously handed out to those who seek to bring down the establishment and the principles that society is governed by," added the lawmakers.

They urged the minister to take "serious and decisive" action against "the enemies of the Islamic establishment," "proponents of secularism," and "those who work to weaken the government."

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