An Iranian cleric identified as Ayatollah Abbas Tabrizian has warned his social media followers not to approach anyone who has taken the COVID-19 vaccine because the vaccine tend to switch the sexual orientation of the person who has taken it.
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Ayatollah Abbas Tabrizian took to Telegram, a social media app where he has 210,000 followers, to publish a homophobic rant over the weekend.
He wrote; “Don’t go near those who have had the COVID-19 vaccine, They have become homosexuals.”
But his comments about the vaccine have been met with strong criticism from other Iranians including LBGT rights activists and health officials.
“Like other clerics in the regime, also Tabrizian relates all the shortages [shortcomings] to sexuality, The clerics in Iran are suffering from lack of knowledge and humanity, Actually, his goal of spreading nonsense is to try to scare people [out] of getting vaccinated, while the leader of the regime and other officials got Pfizer, and they don’t provide it for the people with the excuse that they don’t trust the West.” dissident Sheina Vojoudi told The Jerusalem Post.
UK human rights activist Peter Tatchell wrote; “Ayatollah Tabrizian combines scientific ignorance with a crude appeal to homophobia. ”
Meanwhile, thousands of gay people have been executed in Iran from 1979 to 2019 and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javid Zarif has dismissed international outrage over its anti-gay policies, saying; “Our society has moral principles, and according to these principles, we live… These are moral principles regarding the behaviour of people in general, and that is because the law is upheld, and you abide by laws.”
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