Omnipotence is a terrible responsibility, particularly when your divinity compels you to lay waste to cities, slaughter thousands and watch as children die in agony.
What can we mortals do to avert such horrors? Some clerics may have the answer..
“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.”
Seismologists have advised the powers that be and residents of Tehran that there is a likelihood of earthquakes in the area. They have not commented on how observing Islamic dress codes would lessen that likelihood.
Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi is not alone in citing divine retribution for natural disasters. Here is a link to some other crackpots/sincere faith leaders/weirdos/zealots*
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