To me this is a futile resistance that carries with it little desire to seek the truth outside the traditional dogma which man has allowed himself to be consumed with, dogmas that carry little understanding of the true essence of what I believe religion to be — love, light, and truth and the ultimate progression of humankind.
So, to answer your question as to why this regime fears the proclamation made by Baha’is, when they seek only peace and harmony, I could not fairly tell you, because I am myself bewildered by the idea.
Are there elements of Iranian society that support the Baha'i and want the persecution to stop?
Sure there are, a great many people that herald and fend for the rights of Baha'i’s, we see more and more people whom are not Baha'i’s striving to protect the sanctity of that which is the Baha'i Faith, and we see them in Iran and around the world.
Right now there are over 50 Baha'i’s, most specifically seven, being imprisoned on charges that are not justified, they bear no legal justification. They are being persecuted simply because they are Baha'i’s.
To me, the Iranian society and culture itself is so opposite to hatred, Iranians are so hospitable, loving, acceptable, it is a rich and beautiful culture, which for a great time, historically, was the envy of nations, of civilizations.
It is not the people we see that are opposed to the advanced principles of the Baha'i Faith.
How can someone help the Baha'i in Iran?
I am so glad you asked because I think many of us think that from so far away there is little we can do, but we can do much.
Please write to your elected officials. They are the ones that can make a movement happen.