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It hasn't been long since I wrote the previous post about Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi and his outrageous remark, "so what if people can't eat chicken?". The remark which was made by Brent Council's favourite symbol of religious tolerance, was in reaction to the soaring price of chicken in Iran, which is spiralling out of control, as a direct result of the mismanagement of the economy. More Ayatollahs with their bellies full and their brains drained of active cells have started to join the race in making more condescending remarks about people's inability to buy chicken.
Iranian exiled columnist, Massih Alinejad interviewed Hojatoleslam Shojooni by phone and asked him about the recent protests by the people in Neishabur against the soaring chicken prices. The Don Quixote like cleric rebuked the protests by the people in the birth place of Omar Khayyam by saying "This is not right to march in the streets, one shouldn't act against the regime just because of chicken prices". One wonders what exactly people in Iran can protest against?
Mashad's Friday Prayer Leader, Ayatollah Alamolhoda, with his huge protruding belly, told the faithful in his sermon yesterday "Its not as if you are supposed to have the same living standards as before...if you cant have chicken then replace it with another protein based substitute".
Mashad's Friday Prayer Leader
Ayatollah Alamolhoda suggested Ashkane Piaz, a soup dish with fried onions, garlic, potatoes, turmeric, tomato sauce and eggs instead of chicken dishes.
Meanwhile an armed robbery on a chicken farm in Minab, Hormuzgan province, was foiled when the robbers found no chickens in the farm and they fell with their motor bike in a water canal ditch as they fled, because they were unfamiliar to the area.
It is attributed to Marie Antoinette that when she was told people in France don't have bread to eat, she had replied 'Let them eat cake' but I am told there is no evidence she ever said that and the phrase has now become a cliche. Today a new cliche 'so what if they can't eat chicken?' must replace 'Let them eat cake'.
This new masterpiece of a cliche was uttered today by Ayatollah Makrem Shirazi during his sermon in Qom. Posterity will not be able to argue, as in the case of Marie Antoinette, that there is no evidence, for it was all broadcast live on state TV.
In his sermon he told the hapless faithful:
"People should not be so persistent about some matters. For example we see a lot of people ranting on about the soaring price of chicken. Now so what if people don't eat chicken?" and he goes on to justify this by saying "all doctors agree that eating meat products is bad for your health."
The soaring price of chicken which has trebled since the beginning of the Iranian New Year in March, has become a national obsession, even more important to ordinary people than the fluctuating gold and foreign currency prices. Pictures of ordinary people queuing to get the cheaper 'state chicken', occasionally handed out in the streets, is yet another chapter in humiliation of the people of Iran, a rich country which should have been a prosperous place to live for all. People juxtapose their own misery of queuing up for state chickens with that of foreign guests having lavish lunches in "Islamic Awakening" conferences.
The soaring price of chicken is also nothing to do with sanctions, it is pure mismanagement of the economy which has resulted in closure of many hen farms, thus shortening the supplies.
People in the West are probably not so familiar with who Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi is. This reactionary Grand Ayatollah, a staunch supporter of the Supreme Leader of Iran and Bashar Assad of Syria, is a super wealthy businessman himself, who controls the sugar imports to Iran, amongst many other commodities. Makarem Shirazi is also a Holocaust denier. On his official web page, he refers to the Holocaust as superstition:
B) The Holocaust Superstition
Apart from idolatry, which is one of the biggest superstitions, several more superstitions have come about and exist today. Even in today's age of progress and civilisation, strange superstitions have been propagated by the Europeans and the Americans. One of these new superstitions is the superstition of Holocaust. Those who believe in this superstition claim "The criminal Hitler burned six million Jews in the gas chambers and everyone must believe in this story and if they don;t they should be imprisoned.
Interestingly many people in American and in Europe have accepted this great lie but we must tell them this is illogical and far removed from reason. Of course a historic issue must be studied and researched. If Hitler has committed such a crime, he should be condemned and if this was not the case and the Zionist have created this big lie to make themselves look like victimes and solicit sympathy for themselves, then they should be condemned. What logic dictates that anyone who researches the issue should go to jail? Is this issue so special amongst all others that talking about it must be banned and everyone should simply accept it by force?
There is so much more archaic stuff about women, apostasy, dogs and how to deal with the infidel West on his website and in his books.
Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi was also the first Iranian Grand Ayatollah who issued a fatwa and explicitly referred to the Iranian rapper, Shahin Najafi, who lives in Germany, to be killed for apostasy because of the lyrics Najafi used in one of his songs.
But it gets better. Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi, also has his representative office here in UK, in Harrow Road, known as Babul Murad Centre. He also has a registered charity in UK and wait for this one..........He has received a grant from Brent Council for helping with "Religious Freedom and Tolerance" :)))))) Ignorant and lunatic political correctness which is helping to bring down UK to its knees.
Prior to the 1979 Islamic revolution, there was one district in Tehran, where the brothels were. A notorious district known as Shahre-nou, where pimps and prostitutes carried out their business . The Islamic revolution was supposed to cleanse Iran from all social malais. There were to be no more addicts, no more prostitution, just pious people all working for God and a "classless society". It was no wonder that the zealot revolutionaries burned down Shahre-nou and the prostitutes who worked there. An Islamic Iran was to be an example of purity and piety for the rest of the world.
It was all mumbo jumbo of course, not only the social malais did not go away, they got exponentially worse. Prostitution that was previously contained within the Shahre-nou district just spread out, drug addiction became epidemic and only few who wore their piety on their sleeves, benefitted the most.
Yesterday, the Supreme Leader's representative in the Martyr's Foundation, Hojat-ol-Islam Rahimian, accused Iranians who travel abroad, "do so for no reason other than engaging in prostitution.
"Every year 5 million Iranians travel abroad and they spend $5Bn a year on prostitution", Rahimian said, speaking in Mashad. Why else would Iranians want to travel abroad?!
The question is, how many prostitutes do they go with? Do they go with one thousand cheap $1 a time prostitutes or just one high class prostitute at $1000 a time, or somewhere in between?
Two travel bans were issued against two Iranian citizens this week by the Islamic Republic judiciary, one on a 96 year old man and one on a 12 year old girl.
The 96 year old man is Dr. Ahmad Sadr Haj Seyyed Javadi, himself the Minister of Interior and the Minister of Justice in the post-revolution's provisional government of Mehdi Bazargan.
Dr. Sadr was one of the founders of the Freedom Movement, a religious opposition to the Shah which backed Dr. Mossadeq and the nationalisation of Iran's oil industry. Perhaps more ironically, he was also the defence lawyer for many of the dissident clerics during the Shah's rule, his dissident clients includedthe Supreme Leader himself.
A year ago, Sadr Haj S. Javadi wrote a private letter to the Supreme Leader, which was later published to the public. In the letter, Haj S. Javadi had asked the Supreme Leader to release all political prisoners, abolish the revolutionary court and end the house arrests of Mir Hussein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi. Most strikingly, he apologised to the Iranian nation for his part in the revolution and having helped bring about the Islamic Republic. He asked the Almighty to forgive him for the pain he has brought about on the Iranian nation.
Sadr Haj S. Javadi's travel ban was delivered to him by judicial post and was issued by the Security Court Prosecutors in Evin prison. He has since responded to the letter by saying "I am not able to move. I mean I can barely move from one room to another. Someone has to hold my back so I don't fall and I have no wish to travel".
Mehraveh on the other hand is only 12 years old. She has committed no crime other than she is the daughter of the jailed Iranian lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh.
Sotudeh's husband, Reza Khandan also responded to the travel ban issued against his daughter by saying "We have no plans to travel. In my view this is an attempt by the authorities to destroy our emotional and mental well being and shock the family"
Iran's nationalist poet, Mostafa Badkoobei aka Omid, was today sentenced to three years prison and five years ban from reciting poetry in public.
Badkoobei is an expert on Iranian literature. He has written 29 books to date on Iran's history and literature. Many of them have sold out and been re-printed several times.
Mostafa Badkoobei has even appeared on Iran's state TV to talk about the great Persian poet, Hafiz.
His patriotic poems stir great passions in the audience and crowds rise to standing ovation for him. His poetry recitals have been uploaded on youtube and have received several hundred thousand hits:
One wonders why such a patriotic Iranian poet is sentenced to prison and the answer can only be that those who rule Iran are alien occupiers of Iran, determined to destroy the Iranian culture and heritage.