Here‘s a piece on CNN.com about Iranian students barred from university, based on their political or religious convictions.
It never ceases to boggle my mind that people seek to force others to think in a certain way. The efforts of the Iranian government to shut down opposing views by such punishing ploys is not only thuggish, but also amazingly short-sighted and wrong-headed. When has anyone ever succeeded in forcing another to change their mind? People under duress will certainly fake it, and can do so for generations if need be, but the underlying reality of human conviction will out in the end.
The Baha’i International Community, calling for the release of condemned Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, points out:
“Which temporal government in the world can reasonably decide it has the power to curtail freedom of belief? Belief is not something that can be taken away or bartered; it is a matter of conviction, of the heart, the mind and the soul, beyond the realm of any government’s control.”
Here‘s a link to more info on Pastor Nadarkhani’s peril at the hands of the Iranian government.