Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Did the earth move for you or was it an act of God?

An Iranian cleric has given a whole new meaning to the age old question "Did the earth move for you?"

Hojjat ol-eslam Kazem Sediqi, the acting Friday prayer leader in Tehran, has blamed the increase in earthquakes on "women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously" (I wonder why there are not more earthquakes in Essex?)

he stated... "Many women who do not dress modestly lead young men astray and spread adultery in society which increases earthquakes."

With tens of thousands of people have died in Iran earthquakes in the last decade, the cleric added.

"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."

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

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

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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