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Oh Iran, you crack me up…

I just heard something that literally made me laugh out loud today. For this, let’s move about 7,300 miles from the Bay Area to the capital of Iran, Tehran. According to an Iranian cleric, the main cause for this recent chain of devastating earthquakes are… brace yourselves… promiscuous women.

I’ve never heard of this guy until now, and I’ll probably forget his name after a few hours. But this cleric, Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, was quoted by the Iranian media to have said, “Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes.”

The way he says it, it sounds like the men are just as much as fault as to being so weak as to not be able to resist a woman in a bikini. I probably can’t say that over there without risking a bullet in the ass.

So I don’t know much about politics in the U.S., let alone in Iran, but If I had to place an educated guess on anything, I’ll say that the government might try to make their population buy into this. I mean, for one, he actually got the word out using the media. We never hear about these kinds of religious statements in our media do we? We’ve got the Westboro Baptist Church (hate these guys by the way) spewing crap out of their mouths and I’ve almost never heard of them except once on Fox news.

And another reason… look at who won the Iranian election: the more conservative Ahmadinejad by a landslide. If trends continue, he might try to support this I’m guessing.

From my high school world history lessons (Thanks Mr. Salmon!!), I’ve learned that the dress in code in Iran for women is especially strict. You’re not supposed to see any part of them unless you’re her husband. They have to conceal everything. I’m also guessing that many tourists that travel to Iran must also comply. Obviously, many of them are exposed to Western culture and many of them rebel by letting their hair out and wearing tighter clothing. Well… you know how they say people fear change.

To be fair, Tehran has every right to be afraid of earthquakes. It’s like another San Francisco in the fact that underneath it lies a dangerous network of faults. And while San Francisco has a population of 809,000 as of 2008 (probably the last time anyone has checked until the 2010 census is completed), the Iranian capital dwarfs the San Franciscan population; it holds up to 12 million people.

“Seismologists have warned for at least two decades that it is likely the sprawling capital will be struck by a catastrophic quake in the near future.

Some experts have even suggested Iran should move its capital to a less seismically active location. Tehran straddles scores of fault lines, including one more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) long, though it has not suffered a major quake since 1830” (Associated Press).

Hmmm… I don’t know how this post got so serious as to me suddenly quoting stuff from the news. For me, the concept of women in revealing clothes causing earthquakes is the most hilarious concept to have existed since Fox news. If we ever decided to bomb Iran, we should totally launch a preemptive strike and load the B-2s with Playboys and hentai downloaded from Kevin’s desktop. It’ll definitely be cheaper than a Paveway laser guided bomb. That is, if Iran actually buys into what this cleric says.



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