The president of Iran recently announced, based on seismic studies, that a big earthquake was bound to devastate Tehran in the near future, and its citizens should relocate. A cleric who’s been referred to as Iran’s answer to Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson, explained why this was happening:
“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.
Not only are they blaming women’s sexuality for natural disasters (when we say “the earth moved”, we’re speaking metaphorically, honey-chops), they’re suggesting to 12 million people that if women would just be more prudish the earthquake wouldn’t happen. Wonder if they’re willing to bet 6 million men’s lives on that theory, and just evacuate the filthy ol’ women from Tehran? Surely if there were no women at all in Tehran, everything in that city would be glorious and perfect and noble and full of morality, and no earthquake could possibly occur. Right?
And don’t anybody get smug about Islam since it’s hardly the only one blaming various groups of people for natural disasters and other people’s actions:
Sedighi joins a chorus of global religious folks who are all too quick to blame the world’s woes on homosexuality and/or feminism. There was Rev. Jerry Falwell’s and Pat Robertson’s claim that gays and abortionists caused September 11. And then John McCain’s best buddy John Hagee, who blamed gays and lesbians for Hurricane Katrina. And who can forget Rabbi Yehuda Levin’s call that gay people caused the earthquake in Haiti, the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, and the 2004 Asian tsunami? (Rabbi Levin did not blame gays and lesbians for causing the Chicago Cubs’ World Series drought, for impacting this year’s poor tomato crop, or forcing Circuit City into bankruptcy, so at least we aren’t all bad.)
It started with Eve.