Sunday, April 25, 2010

Boobquake 2010

For the record, I am not a "breast man," or whatever a cynic might use to discount this quaint story. In fact, I would not otherwise care about tomorrow, but for the fact that this Monday, April 26, 2010, is officially Boobquake, an international women's response to Iranian senior cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi's claim that "immodest women" are the leading cause of earthquakes.

Promiscuous women make the earth move says senior cleric

A SENIOR Iranian cleric says women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes.

Iran is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries, and the cleric's unusual explanation for why the earth shakes follows a prediction by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that a quake is certain to hit Tehran and that many of its 12 million inhabitants should relocate.

"Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes,'' Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi said.

Women in the Islamic Republic are required by law to cover from head to toe, but many, especially the young, ignore some of the more strict codes and wear tight coats and scarves pulled back that show much of the hair.

"What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble?'' Sedighi asked during a prayer sermon on Friday.

"There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam's moral codes.''

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 80km long, though it has not suffered a major quake since 1830.

In 2003, a powerful earthquake hit the southern city of Bam, killing 31,000 people - about a quarter of that city's population - and destroying its ancient mud-built citadel.

"A divine authority told me to tell the people to make a general repentance. Why? Because calamities threaten us,'' said Sedighi, Tehran's acting Friday prayer leader.

The Iranian government and its security forces have been locked in a bloody battle with a large opposition movement that accuses Ahmadinejad of winning last year's vote by fraud.

Ahmadinejad made his quake prediction two weeks ago but said he could not give an exact date.

He acknowledged that he could not order all of Tehran's 12 million people to evacuate.

"But provisions have to be made. ... At least 5 million should leave Tehran so it is less crowded,'' the president said.

I am not the biggest fan of event Facebook groups, not the least semi-pornographic ones, but here it is, along with the fan page (until it gets shut down), for the sake of science, naturally. And just in case you are really interested, here is the blogger who started it all, Blag Hag's Jen McCreight.

Of course, there are no earthquakes here in Jesusland yet, but I am waiting, particularly since this region of the US is filled with many religious boobs who take to blaming disastrous events on women, gays, and just about anyone who is not a white male Evangelical Christian.

In fairness to the religious right, one of my increasingly, probably-soon-to-be-ex-heroes, President Evo Morales (thanks to political anxiety closet), has purported recently that processed chicken makes you gay.

Cochabamba: Evo offends global gays

After scoring points with global environmentalists with his World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth (CMPCC) in Cochabamba this week, Bolivian President Evo Morales has got himself in hot water with gay activists across the planet. On April 21, he commented to reporters at the CMPCC on the dangers of factory-farm chicken--but in half-baked (pardon the pun) and homophobic terms. "The chicken we eat is full of feminine hormones," the populist president said. "And therefore when men eat these chickens, they experience deviances in being men."

Morales added that genetically modified products cause baldness. "Baldness is such a common illness in Europe that it appears normal, almost all of them are bald, and this is because of the things they eat, while indigenous peoples don't have baldies, because we eat other things."

Bolivia's opposition politicians were quick to jump on the remarks. "Trading in urban legends is a very poor theme for the summit," said opposition deputy Andrés Ortega.

But international gay organizations are also outraged. Spain's National Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals sent a letter of protest to the Bolivian embassy in Madrid protesting the remarks. The president of the Argentina Homosexual Community, Cesar Cigliutti, said: "It's an absurdity to think that eating transgenic chicken can change a person's sexual orientation. By following that reasoning, if we put male hormones in a chicken and we make a homosexual eat it he will transform into a heterosexual." (AFP, Guardian News Blog, April 22; Peru21, April 21)

Evo is certainly on the right side in the global gastro-wars, but its a shame to see him discrediting his critique of the industrial food system by mixing it up with such ugliness (and wackiness).


While irrationality is predominantly a right-wing obsession these days, be it the Southern Baptists, the Vatican, or the mullahs in Iran, sadly, it appears that even our side has a few fools. Shame on you, Evo. Shame on you.

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