The Virgin hazmat suit recluse vs. the Chad public shrine licker:
While the city of Qom is the epicentre of #CoronaVirus in Iran, authorities refuse to close down religious shrines there.
These pro-regime people are licking the shrines & encouraging people to visit them.
Iran's authorities are endangering lives of Iranians & the world pic.twitter.com/s9o6zYhzNQ
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) February 29, 2020
However, the actual Iranian government – literally run by mullahs – was less appreciative of their devotion. The shrine lickers were arrested and are facing sentences of 74 lashes and/or imprisonment. And yes, they also closed down the mosques.
Ironically, actual theocracies may have better prospects dealing with fanatics than more liberal countries with strong, politically influential religious constituencies to whom politicians must pander.