Update 11:24am: Fresh photos for the Valentine’s Jihad (via Snapped Shot). Call it heartburn:
Remember this photo from two years ago? First, they came for the cartoonists. Next, they came for Valentine’s Day:
Caption – An activist of the radical Kashmiri Islamic group, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, or daughters of the community, burns a Valentine card outside a card store in central Srinagar, India, Friday, Feb. 10, 2006. Nearly two dozen black-veiled Muslim women burned Valentine’s Day cards and posters showing couples together in the main city of India’s Kashmir protesting the day that they say imposes Western values on Muslim youth. (AP Photo)
Well, it’s Valentine’s Day once more–and the Religion of Perpetual Outrage is at it again. Around the world, Muslim leaders are working hard to stamp out deadly “Western values” spread by the holiday. Such as men and women hugging each other. This terrorism must be stopped!
The Bukittinggi municipal administration has banned residents from celebrating Valentine’s Day, on Thursday, on the grounds the occasion is not in line with Minangkabau traditions or Islam.
“The Valentine’s Day celebration is not our culture as it usually relates closely to immoral acts where, during the celebration, young couples tend to hug and even kiss each other. This is an immoral act, right?” Bukittinggi Deputy Mayor Ismet Amzis told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.
A similar prohibition was implemented by the administration on cafes, restaurants, hotels and other tourist sites planning to hold Valentine’s Day celebrations.
The administration said it would enforce existing regional regulations on “immoral act eradication” and take companies that celebrated the day to court.
A number of permits already issued for Valentine’s Day activities have also been revoked.
Bukittinggi Mayor Djufri told a press conference earlier that his administration would shut down a number of tourist sites known to attract visitor’s on Valentine’s Day, including Jam Gadang, and some cafes.
Djufri urged parents in Bukittinggi not to let their sons and daughters go out Thursday night.
In order to replace Valentine Day’s parties, the Bukittinggi administration urged schools to drive their students to mosques or prayer rooms Thursday night to hear religious sermons “for the sake of improving their morality.”
Saudi Arabia’s religious police have banned red roses ahead of Valentine’s Day, forcing couples in the conservative Muslim nation to think of new ways to show their love.
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has ordered florists and gift shop owners in the capital Riyadh to remove any items colored scarlet, which is widely seen as symbolizing love, newspapers said.
“They visited us last night,” the Saudi Gazette quoted an unidentified florist as saying.
It is not unusual for the Saudi vice squad to clamp down ahead of Valentine’s Day, which it sees as encouraging relations between men and women outside of wedlock, the newspaper said.
And in Kuwait:
Islamist MPs said yesterday they will study the possibility of amending existing laws in a bid to ban the celebrations of “alien events” like the Valentine’s Day. Head of the Assembly committee monitoring practices alien to Kuwaiti society MP Waleed Al-Tabtabae said after the committee met government authorities that “we informed them we will come up with the necessary amendment”.
The committee met with representatives from the ministries of interior, information and commerce and industry to study measures necessary to prevent Valentine’s Day celebrations that contradict Islamic teachings and values. He said the ministries promised to take all measures necessary to prevent any indecent celebrations and practices and any immoral behaviors that may happen on Valentine’s Day today. The measures will include monitoring hotels, restaurants and shops that sell Valentine’s Day items to make sure there are no violations of the law.
Tabtabae however said that the representatives told MPs that there are some legal loopholes and “we told them we will study proposing amendments” to ban such alien celebrations. Committee rapporteur MP Jamaan Al-Harbash said the proposed amendment will ban all practices that violate Islamic sharia law which includes marking Valentine’s Day.
A number of Islamist MPs meanwhile described Valentine’s Day as a Western tradition that is not compatible with Kuwaiti values and contradicts sharia. Some of them however said they were particular about the immoral practices and the concept of the celebrations which encourages out-of-wedlock relationships. The head of the Islamic Sharia College at Kuwait University, Mohammad Al-Tabtabae, issued a fatwa stipulating that the feast is banned under Islam.
If you are one of those people who always passed on Valentine’s Day because it was too tacky or over-commercialized, you now have good reason to celebrate.
Buy some red roses, candy, and a cheesy greeting card: Strike a blow against sharia.
Freedom is sweet. Savor it.