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Adultery causes earthquakes

April 20, 2010

I always thought a large proportion of the Middle East was living in the past; their feudal and tribal differences and adherence to the customs and modes of dress unchanged for hundreds of years. Now it seems Islamic fundamentalism would like to go back thousands of years.

Two years ago I wrote about women being executed for witchcraft in Saudi Arabia: here and, a while before that, I reported on goats being sacrificed in Nepal (OK, not Middle East, I know) to ensure a good repair to a jet airliner: here

Now we have this:

“Promiscuous women are responsible for earthquakes, a senior Iranian cleric has said.
Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi told worshippers in Tehran last Friday that they had to stick to strict codes of modesty to protect themselves. “Many women who do not dress modestly lead young men astray and spread adultery in society which increases earthquakes,” he said.
Tens of thousands of people have died in Iran earthquakes in the last decade.
Mr Sedighi was delivering a sermon on the need for a “general repentance” by Iranians.
“What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble? There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam’s moral codes,” he said.

Read the full story: here

I’d love to ask him what this says about countries that never have earthquakes; the USA, for example?

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