Women who wear revealing dresses do cause earthquakes. Under Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi’s robes.

Tehran, May 4: Women who wear revealing clothing and behave immorally are responsible for earthquakes, this is what a senior Iranian cleric has to say.

The cleric’s unusual explanation for quakes follows the prediction made by the country’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, that a quake is certain to rock Tehran and many of its 12 million inhabitants should relocate to save their lives. Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi told the country’s media that women who do not dress in dignified manner “lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society”.

The earth was shaking, and the medieval cleric’s mind was aching.

But hey, if we’ve got a new weapon against the mullahs, we may as well use it.

This is decadent America, pal. There’s more where that came from. Don’t make us go Israeli on you.