You know how some conspiracy-minded conservatives claim the COVID vaccine will plant a microchip in your body?
That’s nothing compared to the deranged theory of Ayatollah Abbas Tabrizian, an Islamic cleric, who allegedly told his 210,000 followers on Telegram to avoid the vaccine because people who have gotten their shots “have become homosexuals.”
“Like other clerics in the regime, also Tabrizian relates all the shortages [shortcomings] to sexuality,” Sheina Vojoudi, an Iranian dissident who fled the Islamic Republic of Iran due to repression, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. “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,” she said.
For what it’s worth, Tabrizian is considered crazy even by other Iranians. Back in March, he claimed COVID could be cured by putting “violet oil” on your butt.
2.3 million global deaths later, either COVID was deadlier than he thought or there just wasn’t enough violet oil to go around.