Iranian cleric ‘blames quakes on promiscuous women’


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.

‘Disappoint God’

Young Iranians sometimes push the boundaries of how they can dress, showing hair under their headscarves or wearing tight fitting clothes.

Mr Sedighi also referred to violence following last year’s elections, which occurred when thousands of – mostly young – Iranians protested against the result, as a “political earthquake”.

“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 lets not disappoint God.”

More than 25,000 people died when a powerful earthquake hit the ancient town of Bam in 2003.

Seismologists have warned that the Iranian capital Tehran is situated on a large number of tectonic fault lines and could be hit by a devastating quake soon.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said many of Tehran’s 12 million inhabitants should relocate.

There are plans to build a purpose built new capital near Qom.


6 thoughts on “Iranian cleric ‘blames quakes on promiscuous women’

  1. don’t all abrahamical tales blame women for this or the other though? those folks should just kill all the sources of their evils so we can rest and they can be extinct….

  2. Carmen Stefanescu:
    haha, i am fascinated of how much effort, historically, men put in dissing women. with any means they can come up with. fascinated! women the evil of all things :). shows an inherent aboslute fear of the ‘strong’ towards the ‘weak’.
    i have never heard such ideas the other way around.

  3. Carmen, actually I consider this to be the cause of rape, —the fact that certain twisted males, are overcome by a powerlessness of their own sexuality at the mental or physical arousal experienced in the presence of women…the reaction to which is attacking the source of this loss of internal control.
    It’s like walking around, minding your own business, and boom super hottie walks by and completely throws you…then you start visualizing sexuality, while before you had been counting donkeys and wondering how to fix your pogostick….as you are twisted, you are angered, perhaps even feeling shame and sin, as sex is evil….yadda yadda yadda…so you focus these irrational negative attutudes towards what you consider to be the source–and that is just a nice, fresh, yummy, juicy, nubile female humanoid who really had no clue what just happened in your cranium, and between your loins….

    Sane males, just laugh it off, or share a tale with pals later…it’s a joy of life really, like beautiful sunsets….
    nothing to get steam-out-of-ears about: unless you are a orthodox (blank)…

    If we only celebrated nature more, and denigrated its magic less, we would actually have fewer twisted souls out there…although that wouldn’t SOLVE mental illness, at least the mental illness would be more evident, and not easily excusable as ‘virtuous’, disciplined’, or ‘holy’—kinda like celibacy in the catholic church….
    people are so DENSE to not understand, the chicken and egg going on with pedophiles…

    it’s a societal shelter, NOT an incubator. sheeesh.

    people seriously need to RELAX about sex. Far too many socially conventionalized pathologies abound—all over the world.

  4. Natalia Gómez Pérez:
    but god told us sex was bad! … wait I have never read any type of bible, so I guess I wouldn’t know. –In order to accept human nature, you have to accept that human are not special animals, and there you will have a problem with all religious, even non-orthodox.

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