Immodest Ladies to Blame for Earthquakes, Obviously

From Haiti to Chili to China, there have been a lot of earthquakes of late. Thankfully, an Iranian cleric has been able to explain why. Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, one of Iran’s senior clerics, says women who dress immodestly are the reason the earth shakes, literally.

Sedighi told Iranian media that “Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes.” The cleric’s reasoning follows a prediction by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad two weeks ago that Iran’s capital, Tehran, would soon be hit by a quake and that many of its 12 million residents should evacuate. Tehran is quite earthquake prone, though that’s more likely due to the two fault lines the city straddles, not its young woman wearing tighter clothes and more revealing headscarves. Seismologists have warned for decades that a catastrophic quake is on the horizon, some even suggested that Iran move its capital. That’s good stuff, Iran.

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