A DERANGED senior Iranian cleric has claimed that “dolled-up women” incite extramarital sex, which in turns leads to more earthquakes in Iran.
Ayatollah Kazem Sedighi told Tehran worshippers this week:
Many women who dress inappropriately â€¦ cause youths to go astray, taint their chastity and incite extramarital sex in society, which increases earthquakes.
He gabbled on:
Calamities are the result of people’s deeds. We have no way but conform to Islam to ward off dangers.
The Islamic dress code is mandatory in Iran, which has been under clerical rule for more than three decades.
Every post-pubescent woman regardless of her religion or nationality must cover her hair and bodily contours in public. Offenders face punishments and fines.
But, according to this report, this has not stopped urban women from appearing in the streets wearing tight coats and flimsy headscarves and layers of skilfully applied makeup.
Iran is prone to frequent quakes, many of which have been devastating. The worst in recent times hit the southern city of Bam in December 2003, killing 31,000 people – about a quarter of the population – and destroying its ancient mud-built citadel.
If the shameless hussy responsible for that disaster had been tracked down and punished, we would no doubt have heard about it by now.
We now eagerly await some cleric’s explanation for the annoying cloud of ash thrown up by a delinquent Icelandic volcano. A secular source, however, suggested to me that it was the result of a terrible misunderstanding. The “C” had been left off a message – “Send cash!” – which had been emailed in haste to the Icelandic authorities by the British government.
HAT TIP: Jean-FranÃ§ois Gauthier