Wacko hard-line Iranian cleric: Promiscuous/provocative women are the cause of earthquakes

Posted by: ST on April 20, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Via CNN:

(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!) :D :">

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18 Responses to “Wacko hard-line Iranian cleric: Promiscuous/provocative women are the cause of earthquakes”


  1. Jim says:

    I don’t know. They may be right. One word – California.

  2. As a former CA resident, I would have to say there are not enough earthquakes to cover all the craziness that goes on there, LOL!

    I am not sure his claims are even worth commenting on. He sounds kinda insane. Maybe if he said something more reasonable, like ‘the cause of moral decay in our society’, or even ‘increases car accidents in pedestrian areas’ (LOL), we could begin to have a debate. But that is just plain crazy…

  3. ZippyTheWerewolf says:

    That’s right up there with the old time nuns saying that girls should wear their uniform jackets so boys can’t see their white shirts underneath. When they see their white shirts, it makes boys think of bed sheets.


  4. Great White Rat says:

    Wait, I’m confused…..I thought global warming caused all the earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.

  5. Papa Giorgio says:

    You took the thunder away with your last sentence. Ahhh Shucks! I hear women cause volcanism as well.

  6. Tom TB says:

    This Muslim cleric must have heard Carole King’s song “I Feel the Earth Move”, and taken it literally!

  7. Lorica says:

    This is where the GW crowd will eventually get. Their thinking is only a step behind these clerics.

    Who here has ordered Dr. Roy Spencer’s book already??


  8. Paul says:

    How about nature causing earthquakes ? Is that a novel idea ? :)

  9. david foster says:

    We should use this opportunity to tell Iranians, of whichever sex, that if they’re not experiencing earthquakes on a nightly basis it is the fault of their repressive government, and things will get much more exciting & satisfying as soon as said government is gone.

    Theologians have known for a long time that the best way to get rid of the devil is to mock him…

  10. Kate says:

    ….and these fellows are building a nuclear weapon? Hey, world community can you say, “WHACKO” ?

    No, that’s okay, let the crazies play with nukes!

  11. david foster says:

    Kate…obviously their desire for nuclear weapons is simply a sublimation (projection?) of their sexual frustration.

  12. bill glass says:

    Wasn’t it Pat Robertson that said something very similar about hurricane Katrina?…but maybe this is right.

  13. Lorica says:

    I don’t think Pat meant anything about the hurricane that hit Mississippi. He did say something about the flooding that occurred due to the dredging done years earlier that undermined the dikes in New Orleans. Which he was quickly denounced for on both sides of the political spectrum. – Lorica

  14. Carlos says:

    The sad thing is, it’s not that big a step from the denunciation of such with such vitriol to the actual suggestion that such people be sacrificed for their sins; when that doesn’t always work, then start with virgins; as a last resort when that also doesn’t always work, start with the children and babies.

    As a Christian I don’t have to worry about such – my sacrifice was made two millennia ago, and by the religious nuts of the time, of all people!

  15. Jeanne says:

    Considering Deepak Chopra took credit or blame (whatever you choose) for the earthquakes, citing his prayers as being so strong they made the earth shake, there aren’t enough whacko awards to go around these days.

  16. Baklava says:

    I KNEW IT all along.

    They shake my world too. :o

  17. Drew says:

    “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.”

    Well, uh, er….you see..its true, right?