"Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes"
Source: The Guardian
"There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam's moral codes…A divine authority told me to tell the people to make a general repentance. Why? Because calamities threaten us…And now, if a natural earthquake hits Tehran, no one will be able to confront such a calamity but God's power, only God's power ... So let's not disappoint God."
The cleric isn’t talking about scantily clan women, bikinis on the beach, or Playboy centerfolds, but women who dress like this:
If what the cleric says is true, then theoretically the whole Western world should be buried under a pile of rubble, the act of an angry God. It does not even occur to the cleric and his like-minded peers that Iran is simply in an earthquake zone. Geological factors do not register with many pious minds, it seems. But let’s not think that this warped thinking is peculiar to pious Iranian clerics. In our own “enlightened” Western society Iranian clerics have met their match in the likes of American evangelist Pat Robertson:
Pat Robertson, the American Christian televangelist and host of "The 700 Club," said that Haitians need to have a "great turning to god" while he was reporting on the devastating 7.0 earthquake that shook the island nation — the most powerful to hit the country in a century…"I was reading, yesterday, a book that was very interesting about what God has to say in the Old Testament about those who shed innocent blood…But have we found we are unable somehow to defend ourselves against some of the attacks that are coming against us, either by terrorists or now by natural disaster? Could they be connected in some way?"
Source: CBS News
The only “connection” is in Robertson’s overly pious mind. If what he says about Haiti is true, then parts of Africa should also be buried under a pile of rubble, or any nation which doesn't adhere to his brand of religion.
Although Richard Dawkins has been criticised for his essay Viruses of the Mind , I’d like to know which right-thinking person doesn’t agree with Dawkins when it comes to Iranian clerics and the Pat Robertsons of the religious world.