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“‘Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which 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 last week. ‘There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam’s moral codes.’

This is exactly the sort of behaviour we’re talking about.

“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. 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 long, though it has not suffered a major quake since 1830.

“The welfare minister, Sadeq Mahsooli, said prayers and pleas for forgiveness were the best ‘formulae 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.” [Guardian]


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Apr. 20th, 2010 09:03 am (UTC)
There is a part of me that hopes that god exists, and is lining up an enormous spitball for that man.
Apr. 20th, 2010 09:46 am (UTC)
You say it much better than me Chiller!
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