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:
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.
Reuters report on the ‘simmering chicken crisis’