Iranian Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi

This guy hates your dog.  It’s “unclean”, and too “western”.

Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi issued a fatwa forbidding the keeping of a dog as a pet. “Friendship with dogs is a blind imitation of the West,” he was quoted as saying in Javan daily. “There are lots of people in the West who love their dogs more than their wives and children.” Ever the hypocrite, dogs can be kept, but only as “working” animals.  Guard dogs, herding dogs, and similar duties are OK, but not as a pet.  The “police” in Iran can now stop and fine people if they carry a dog in a car, or walk one in a park.

So, I’m thinking…  what’s up with this?  Did he get bit as a child?  Did some dog piss on his car tire?  Maybe some exited puppy humped his leg, and gave him “the vapors”.   I think maybe his turban is just wrapped too tight.

The Reuters article, here.