Valentine’s Day in Indonesia sees condoms confiscated
Acting on complaints from residents, police in the city of Makassar on Sulawesi island, yesterday raided shops and seized condoms.
According to this report, a police official said:
These raids were done after we received reports from residents that the mini-marts were selling condoms in an unregulated way, especially on Valentine’s Day.
Indonesia’s highest Islamic clerical council declared Valentine’s Day forbidden by Islamic law in 2012, saying it was contradictory to Muslim culture and teachings.
The day before Indonesian Muslim school students from a school in the Indonesian city of Surabaya staged a protest against Valentine’s Day, denouncing what they said was a Western celebration that encourages casual sex.
The students, two of whom are pictured above, staged the noisy demonstration on Monday.
“Say no to Valentine!” chanted the students, who were aged between 13 and 15 and included many girls wearing headscarves.
Said Pandu Satria, organiser of the demonstration that was attended by scores of students.
This protest was organised as we have seen on television that Valentine’s Day tends to be associated with free sex. That makes us afraid.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, a court in Pakistan banned public celebrations of Valentine’s Day in the capital, Islamabad.
The Islamabad High Court’s order prohibited all Valentine’s Day festivities in government offices and public spaces with immediate effect.
It also directed the media not to promote or cover Valentine’s events.
The ban was a response to a private petition which argued that Valentine’s Day was contrary to Islamic teaching.
More Islamic lunacy manifested itself this week when its was reported that United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA) has decided to crack down on football players sporting unIslamic hairstyles.
Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan, above, is among a group of more than 40 players deemed to have “unethical hair” under UAEFA guidelines.
Some Islamic teachings ban “Qaza”hairstyles, where only part of the head is shaved.
UAEFA sends a player’s club a warning letter in the first instance, with punishments escalating to a fine and then a suspension if he does not comply.
Gyan is one of 46 players at the warning letter stage.
Hat tip: AgentCormac and BarrieJohn and PPS (hairstyle report)