(CNN) — Women who dress provocatively and tempt people into promiscuity are to blame for earthquakes, a leading Iranian hard-line cleric has apparently said.
The prayer leader, Hojatoleslam Kazim Sadeghi, says women and girls who “don’t dress appropriately” spread “promiscuity in society.”
“When promiscuity spreads, earthquakes increase,” he says in a video posted Monday on YouTube, apparently of him leading Friday prayers in Tehran, Iran, last week.
“There is no way other than taking refuge in religion and adapting ourselves to Islamic behavior,” he adds in the video.
More via the Guardian:
“Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes,” Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media. Women in the Islamic Republic are required by law to cover from head to toe, but many, especially the young, ignore some of the more strict codes and wear tight coats and scarves pulled back that show much of the hair. “What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble?” Sedighi asked during a prayer sermon last week. “There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam’s moral codes.”
Riiight. Ok, I’ll humor his theory for about 30 seconds. The promiscuity rate has to be very low, primarily because women don’t want to risk the punishment of the beatings and/or death that are advocated by the likes of Sadeghi and other hardcore devotees of the Religion of Peace. If you couple that with the fact that earthquakes happen quite often in Iran, this “prayer leader”‘s assertions can pretty much be thrown out with the dirty bath water.
To carry it even further, if provocative/promiscuous women really were the cause of earthquakes, then the US would be one of the most earthquake-riddled countries in the world, thanks in no small part to the “free love” movement of the 60s, which paved the way for the much more relaxed attitude that women take both towards styles of dress and casual sex today. Stick another knife into the senior cleric’s “theory.”
Oh, this is about “sin” and the consequences of it? Er, well, we could go all day about the sins of radical Islam, but not enough time in the day …
Sidenote: I’m sure some man somewhere has made a quip or two about how it’s a studly male having sex that can cause earthquakes, and take a woman to the moon and back (yes, I had to say it!)