Valentine’s Day Disliked by Religious Conservatives

You rarely hear any objections to Valentine’s Day from the Christian right in this country, but religious conservatives in some other countries apparently don’t like it one bit. Howard Friedman has a roundup of news stories about how they combat the holiday:

In Coimbatore, India, members of the All India Youth Federation have petitioned police for protection, according to yesterday’s Deccan Chronicle. The group says that every year, religious parties and other protesters gather in city parks and elsewhere where young people meet, and try to catch them and force them to marry in public places.

In Indonesia, according to today’s Tengri News, the country’s largest Muslim organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama, says it does not want to ban Valentine’s Day, but it should not be celebrated by teenagers. The Head of the conservative Islamic Defenders Front went further and declared the day “haram” (forbidden) for Muslims, saying it reflects the culture of “infidels.”

According to OnIslam, in Pakistan, the head of Jammat-e-Islami, the country’s largest Islamic party, said: “We are going to observe February 14 as Hijab Day in all over the country, especially in the educational institutions in order to show to the world that the people of Pakistan totally reject this custom, which is a direct attack on the culture of modesty.”

Awww. Someone needs a “Be Mine” candy.

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  • I KNEW those candy hearts with pics of Mohammed on them would be bad for business.

  • “if you really want to celebrate the true St. Valentine’s spirit, then all you young men should be out there with raw and bloody strips of sacrificed goat, running around practically (or even completely) naked, thwacking away at any girls you can find to keep ’em fertile”

    Read more on St. VD

  • “Roses are red, violets are blue.

    Get married first, then you can screw!”*


    * Poem provided by the Islamic card company, Halalmark.

  • snoeman

    @ Modusoperandi:

    I see what you did there. Well-played.

  • Er… Jamaat al Islami are considered a major sponsor of terrorism in India and are rumoured to be behind the Polio Attacks BTW… They aren’t some “tiny ass group” they are “Al-Qaedaesque”.

  • which is a direct attack on the culture of modesty

    Translation: A refusal to be as modest as we’d like to force you to be.

  • steve oberski


    But don’t forget the Nikāḥ al-Mutʿah, the Islamic temporary “marriage”, which according to tradition should last for at least 3 nights but in practice can be much shorter, say about the same amount of time that the motel room is rented.

    Who says fundamentalists can’t be romantic.

  • oranje

    “the culture of modesty”

    I love the euphemism. The culture that has to cover up women because they can’t make their own choices and their is a social push to ascribe their purity in correlation to their obedience and sexual experience. The culture that has to control and punish and degrade and act like it’s the 10th century. The culture that says women should not be educated and then shoots teenage bloggers who say otherwise.

    Yeah, fuck your culture of modesty.

  • I love how they’re going to “show the world” how very modest their culture is. Onlslam, here’s a dictionary, you ignorant shit.

  • dingojack

    “Jamaat al Islami are…. rumoured to be behind the Polio Attacks… ”

    ‘Jamaat al Islami’ is Arabic for ‘Poliovirus‘, you heard it here first folks!

    🙂 Dingo

  • DaveC

    I was surprised by how many of the Afghans here celebrated Valentine’s day. Apparently, they don’t know (or care) that it is based on Saint Valentine (not a Muslim). I was chuckling all day long.

  • eric

    On one hand, I dislike it. On the other, we do seem to have a need as people to have fairly regular excuses to celebrate something – maybe once a month or a little less.

    Maybe we should just treat holidays like hurricanes. Have a list of about 50 good causes worth celebrating. Every month, on Designated Holiday Day, we celebrate the next one in line. Every 4 years and 2 months, we start the cycle over.