Plate Tectonics: an alternative viewpoint

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100419/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_iran_earthquakes_promiscuity

Earthquakes, for the most part, are explained scientifically as being caused by shifts in the relatively large plates that make up the Earth’s crust.

In Iran, there is now a competing theory.

Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, apparently one of the many high profile clerics with a voice in Iranian government, claims that:

Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes

So, what would prompt such a Oral Robertsonian proclamation? It seems it starts at the top of the Iranian civilian political ladder with none other than president and former engineer Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It seems that Ahmadinejad recently decided to jump on the psychic bandwagon …. taking advantage of some geological reports that Iran may be due for a major earthquake soon, he apparently claimed that some percentage of Tehran’s 12 million citizens may need to be relocated for their own safety.

It seems that Hojatoleslam decided that should such a catastrophic event occur, it would be a good idea to decide who to scapegoat for the deaths of millions. My guess: figuring that even the most ignorant people in Iran would figure that an American funded-Zionist plot to tunnel under Tehran to destroy it might come across as batshit, he decided to blame the women who flash a little too many locks of hair or (gasp!) show an occasional flash of ankle in public.

The concern is not without merit. In 2003, the city of (no, not making this up) Bam was pretty much leveled with 31,000 lives lost …. about a quarter of the population …. Tehran itself is on a fault line, but one that only goes off once in a great while (much like the New Madrid Fault in southeast Missouri/southern Illinois).

Ahmadinejad might be in on this, or is at least grateful, because if an earthquake does hit Tehran and kills hundreds of thousands, he will want the scantily clad women executed …. not the city’s engineers.

So, Hojatoleslam’s theory, extended beyond the Iranian borders, does explain the earthquake activity on southern California, but it doesn’t explain how places like Miami, Cancun, and Fort Lauderdale have avoided being reduced to piles of fine dust. Based on that, I cannot accept it as a scientific theory of any merit.

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