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February 17th, 2009
10:52 AM ET

Stop religious persecution in Iran

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/WORLD/meast/05/16/iran.bahais/art.ahmadinejad.file.afp.gi.jpg caption="A U.S. panel says attacks on Iran\'s Baha\'is have increased since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became president."]
Rainn Wilson
Special to CNN

Why is Rainn Wilson, "Dwight" on "The Office," writing a news commentary for CNN? Good question.

It's a bit strange for me, to say the least; a comic character actor best known for playing weirdos with bad haircuts getting all serious to talk about the persecution of the fellow members of his religious faith.

Dear readers of CNN, I assure you that what I'm writing about is no joking matter or some hoax perpetrated by a paper-sellin', bear-fearin', Battlestar-Galactica obsessed beet farmer.

I am a member of the Baha'i faith. What is that, you ask? Well, long story short, it's an independent world religion that began in the mid-1800s in Iran. Baha'is believe that there is only one God and therefore only one religion.

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