The Covid-19 vaccine is also claimed to cause an enlarged penis:
Iranian cleric says Covid-19 vaccine turns people gay
- Ayatollah Abbas Tabrizian made the claims on messaging platform Telegram
- ‘Don’t go near those who have had the COVID vaccine,’ he wrote
- Homosexuality is a crime in Iran and is punishable by execution
PUBLISHED: 08:49 GMT, 9 February 2021 | UPDATED: 09:02 GMT, 9 February 2021
An Iranian cleric has claimed that the Covid-19 vaccine turns people gay.
Ayatollah Abbas Tabrizian made the claims on messaging platform Telegram, where he has almost 210,000 followers, The Jerusalem Post reported.
According to the publication, Tabrizian wrote on the platform: ‘Don’t go near those who have had the COVID vaccine. They have become homosexuals.’
Prominent LGBTQ campaigner Peter Tatchell said the claims were ‘demonizing’ both the vaccine and the gay community.
‘Ayatollah Tabrizian combines scientific ignorance with a crude appeal to homophobia,’ he said.
Iranian dissident Sheina Vojoudi said: ‘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.’
The controversial figure has made several claims about Western medicine. In January last year, video was shared of him burning an American scientific textbook, claiming that Islamic medicine made such books ‘irrelevant’.
Homosexuality is punishable by execution in Iran.
It is thought that thousands of gays have been executed in the country since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.