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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Promiscuity and earthquakes: Causally linked?

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It might be possible to successfully argue that (big) earthquakes increase promiscuity.  After all, if the known world begins to fall apart, then society's rules tend to do the same.  Those with bucket lists that extol the idea of multiple sexual partners might just decide
that it's now or never.

That being said - it doesn't necessarily (logically) follow that promiscuity increases earthquakes.  However, logic is only one (often small) way that people come to their conclusions.

Charyn Pfeuffer of MSN Living reports that  Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, a senior Iranian cleric, was quoted as saying: "Many women who do not dress modestly… lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes."  During a recent sermon, he also urged that, "to avoid being buried under the rubble," people should "take refuge in religion" and adapt their lives "to Islam's moral codes."

Iranian welfare minister, Sadeq Mahsooli, added that "prayers and pleas for forgiveness were the best way to ward off earthquakes."  He also suggested "alms and self-sacrifice."

If all this sounds strange to the Western mentality, it might be important to remember that the Bible also tends to correlate human sins with nature's upheavals.  It is also interesting to note that although Tehran "straddles several fault lines and is seismically active," it has not "suffered a major quake since 1830."


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