Iranian cleric: Women who wear revealing clothing cause earthquakes

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Pop Sickle, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. Iranian cleric: Women who wear revealing clothing cause earthquakes

    A senior Iranian cleric says women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes.

    'Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) 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 Friday. 'There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam's moral codes.'

    Seismologists have warned for at least two decades that it is likely the sprawling capital will be struck by a catastrophic quake in the near future.

    Iran is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries, and the cleric's unusual explanation for why the earth shakes follows a prediction by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that a quake is certain to hit Tehran and that many of its 12 million inhabitants should relocate.

    Some experts have even suggested Iran should move its capital to a less seismically active location. Tehran straddles scores of fault lines, including one more than 50 miles (80 kilometres) long, though it has not suffered a major quake since 1830.

    In 2003, a powerful earthquake hit the southern city of Bam, killing 31,000 people - about a quarter of that city's population - and destroying its ancient mud-built citadel.

    'A divine authority told me to tell the people to make a general repentance. Why? Because calamities threaten us,' said Sedighi, Tehran's acting Friday prayer leader.

    Referring to the violence that followed last June's disputed presidential election, he said, 'The political earthquake that occurred was a reaction to some of the actions (that took place).

    'And now, if a natural earthquake hits Tehran, no one will be able to confront such a calamity but God's power, only God's power. ... So let's not disappoint God.'

    The Iranian government and its security forces have been locked in a bloody battle with a large opposition movement that accuses Ahmadinejad of winning last year's vote by fraud.

    Ahmadinejad made his quake prediction two weeks ago but said he could not give an exact date.

    He acknowledged that he could not order all of Tehran's 12 million people to evacuate.

    'But provisions have to be made. ... At least 5 million should leave Tehran so it is less crowded,' the president said.

    Minister of Welfare and Social Security Sadeq Mahsooli said prayers and pleas for forgiveness were the best 'formulas to repel earthquakes'.

    'We cannot invent a system that prevents earthquakes, but God has created this system and that is to avoid sins, to pray, to seek forgiveness, pay alms and self-sacrifice,' Mahsooli said.

  2. It's all starting to make sense now. NO WONDER cali has so many earthquakes...

  3. Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET

    On his Christian Broadcasting Network show yesterday, Rev. Pat Robertson said that the nation of Haiti has been devastated by a large earthquake because its people "made a pact with the devil."

    "Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it," Robertson said. "They were under the heel of the French ... and they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, 'We will serve you if you'll get us free from the French.'"

    "True story," he continued. "And the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal.' Ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after another."
  4. Good thing Pat Robertson isn't a government official. Also a good thing- our government doesn't have clerics. Also a good thing, Pat Robertson does not ideologically or philosophically represent the vast majority of the US or the west. Yet another good thing, your infantile and pedestrian non sequitur doesn't fool even the most stupid participants here LOL.

  5. Gonna have say that Jerry Falwell still tops the list with his "the gays caused 9/11." Robertson may be the league leader with the amount of ridiculous statements. And the Christians (which include baptists and catholics) are the worst of all the religions with their history of violence and biogtry.
  6. Another asshole on ignore. Just think, if everyone put them on ignore, their ignorance and bigotry would be like a tree falling in an empty forest.
  7. Hmm...says that Pat Robertson said that the nation of haiti has been devastated by a large earthquake BECAUSE its people make a pact with the devil.

    Yet when I look at his quote I dont see him saying that. All I saw Pat doing was making an observation.

    Coincidently though, Have noticed that any place on earth where people practice voodoo, usually get devastated by one thing or another? A large portion of people in New orleans practice voodoo and look what happened with Katrina. Many african nations practice voodoo and they are plagued with wars.

    Anyone know of any prosperous place in the world where people practice voodoo?
  8. jem


    At this stage I am convinced Pat Robertson says it for the PR.

    He is ignored by the media otherwise.

    In fact... I am going to try and think of some Ridiculous statements in my bailiwick and try to get some attention too.

    Sort of like I am going to Nationalize Health care and save taxpayer dollars.