Posted by: Sylvia, aka Shucky | August 13, 2010

Interesting News Items…

Iranian cleric blames quakes on promiscuous women

More than 25,000 people died in the Bam quake

Women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes, an Iranian cleric says.

Hojjat ol-eslam Kazem Sediqi, the acting Friday prayer leader in Tehran, said women should stick to strict codes of modesty to protect themselves.

“Many women who do not dress modestly lead young men astray and spread adultery in society which increases earthquakes,” he explained.

Tens of thousands of people have died in Iran earthquakes in the last decade.

Mr Sediqi was delivering a televised sermon at the Tehran University campus mosque last Friday on the need for a “general repentance” by Iranians when he warned of a “prevalence of degeneracy”.

“What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble? There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam’s moral codes,” he said.

Facebook ‘panic button’ leads to ‘increase in reports’

Forty-four police chiefs signed a letter backing Ceop’s call for a panic button

More than 200 UK Facebook users have reported suspicious behaviour following the launch of a “panic button” application last month, figures show.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop), which created the app, say the figures represent a seven fold increase in reports.

The application was launched after months of negotiations between Ceop and Facebook, which had resisted the idea.

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