I read this story with a mixture of amusement and disgust.
Amusement because this is nothing new; In the book of Genesis, the first man blamed the first woman for the first mistake. Same old story.
Disgust because it is always easier to blame someone or something else than to admit to the possibility that you might be the problem. There are two sides to every story; women cannot be promiscuous by themselves, but just like in the story of the adulteress bought before Jesus, the promiscuous men are conspicuous by their absence.
Muslim men are evidently having trouble controlling themselves if a flash of bare wrist is enough to throw them into sexual frenzy. Perhaps they should take a long hard look in the mirror.
Who is to say that an Angry Jehovah is exacting vengeance on Iran for displeasing him by subjugating half of his children? And no, I am not espousing that theory, I am just asking the question “What if the clerics are wrong?” Or have they decided that are we not allowed to ask that question?
The Bible teaches that God made us in his image. But it is also true that we all make God in our image. Generous people see God as generous. Mean people envisage a mean God. Soldiers see God as a divine high commander. Mothers see God as the embodiment of caring and empathy. One wonders what kind of God these clerics see.
It will be interesting to see what, if anything, Western Muslim leaders have to say about this. I suspect that they will remain silent – as usual.