Earthquakes: blame the women

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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.

We can only imagine what the women in Iceland must have been doing.

13 thoughts on “Earthquakes: blame the women

  1. Ok, so some tremors in orblike structures is definitely involved if you’re doing it right, but that’s not the EARTH, mr Sedighi.

  2. There is actually a very nice response to this kind of explanation in one of the Icelandic sagas which tells of how Iceland changed religion from the Nordic gods to Catholicism at around 1000AD.
    At the parliament site in Þingvellir (a site of continuous seismic activity from way before humans were there; this is where the America plate and the Eurasia plate are moving in opposite direction at the rate of a centimeter a year) Snorri goði had been given the task to lie under a sheepskin for a day and a night and decide whether Icelanders should remain loyal to the old Nordic gods or take up worshipping the new Christian one. Snorri emerged from under the sheep skin after a night of contemplation and decided Iceland should become Christian.
    Then a volcanic eruption started. Those who wanted to remain loyal to the old gods said: the gods are angry!
    Snorri replied: what angered the gods when the lava on which we now stand flowed?

  3. Finally! A scientific explanation for earthquakes! And to think we thought it had something to do with plate tectonics….how could we have been so wrong?

  4. I thought Pat Robertson got there first, at least for San Francisco.

    I haven’t quite figured out why anyone wants to say why destroying the lives of children is a godly thing to do. Even the pope seems to have figured out that isn’t wuch a good idea. And even some Republicans squirm at the idea of mere collateral damage.

    This all makes me very cross.

  5. Quite aside from this nonsense about causing earthquakes, what caught my attention was that Ahmadinejad wants 5 million (out of 12) Tehran residents to move away.

  6. Uncia, that’s fascinating.

    JJ– Falwell and Robertson said similar things about September 11.

  7. Falwell also said similar things about Katrina. I don’t understand why anyone would want to worship something that punishes innocent people for the “sins” of others.

  8. No need to imagine – at least one woman in Iceland has the temerity to be both Prime Minister *and* and lesbian…


    “It’s easy to dismiss such nonsense as religious obscurantism on the model of Pat Robertson’s claim that God destroyed New Orleans because of its sins. But unlike Robertson, the mullahs have power in a nation.

    It’s extremely unlikely that Ahmadinejad believes the nonsense that he spews. True, Tehran might be struck by a quake. But the regime is desperately trying to eliminate the threat to its survival that emerged last summer, and there shouldn’t be any doubt that a regime whose political base is in the rural areas and small towns would dearly love to eliminate Tehran’s middle class.”

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