declare my belief clearly. The destiny of the religion's social prestige
today and tomorrow will depend on our interpretation of the religion
in a manner which would not contradict freedom, whenever in history
a religion has faced freedom, it has been the religion which has sustained
damage ... when we speak of freedom we mean the freedom of the opposition.
It is no freedom if only the people who agree with those in power and
with their ways and means are free."
Khatami, addressing Tehran University
Mr Khatami refuses to have his portrait reproduced on public buildings.
Instead, his face beams from the pictures that people display in their
message I am taking away with me is that there is a government in Iran
with a president who is a man of his times, who is determined to improve
the lot of his people ..."
Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.
... And it's not only the hearts of women that Khatami has captured, but
also the minds of women and men alike, particularly the young some of
whom even carry his photo in their wallets."
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