"Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes."Sedighi then 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."Sedighi subsequently made another preposterous claim:
"A divine authority told me to tell the people to make a general repentance. Why? Because calamities threaten us."But all is not bad news, for Sedighi claims that there is a simple solution to these horrific natural disasters:
"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."Not to be outdone by the lunatic Sedighi, Minister of Welfare and Social Security Sadeq Mahsooli said prayers and pleas for forgiveness were the best "formulas to repel earthquakes."Mahsooli continued:
"We cannot invent a system that prevents earthquakes, but God has created this system and that is to avoid sins, to pray, to seek forgiveness, pay alms and self-sacrifice."So, if only that young woman in the picture will now go away and put on her burkha there will be no more earthquakes!
Alternatively, Sedighi and Mahsooli could be put on a course anti-psychotic drugs and placed in a secure environment for the mentally insane.
Now that sounds like a much more sensible proposal!
Mind you, this isn't the first time that some member of the lunatic Muslim clergy (with apologies for the tautology) has blamed women for Muslim men being unable to control their carnal desires, as can be seen here.