Valentine’s Day in Indonesia sees condoms confiscated

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)

12 responses to “Valentine’s Day in Indonesia sees condoms confiscated”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    Do they not get anger fatigue? It must be exhausting being outraged by absolutely everything.

  2. Newspaniard says:

    It must be wonderful to live in a country ruled by sharia law. It is amazing that so many people want to leave. I can’t imagine why. We infidels have a lot to learn. (*sproinggg* Irony meter broken again)

  3. Angela_K says:

    Muslims can’t possibly celebrate love when their religion demands hatred. The only thing Muslims celebrate is floggings, hangings, stonings, beheadings and suicide bombers.

  4. Trevor Blake says:

    I have never seen a protest, no matter how peaceable and respectful, by those who do not celebrate Muslim religious days except that were called the most damning names and threatened if not attacked.

    “I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day!” Respect! “I don’t celebrate Ramadan!” Racist! Racist! Racist!

    Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist!

    And it keeps being said until those who don’t celebrate Ramadan learn celebrate Ramadan or to be silent.

    I do neither.

  5. Gui says:


    And then people ask how did types like Trump get relevance.

    And talking about muslim customs, how about the Eid Aidha ( I believe is how it’s written)?

  6. Such a pity. Will they be confiscating the flavoured ones as well? Strawberry and liquorice are my favourites, though I must admit I’ve always been rather fond of the old chewing gum (yet another reason to deplore circumcision). It would be dreadful indeed if these religious head-bangers were ever to come to power in the UK and then proceeded to set up the Morality Police, the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Eradication of Vice, or an Islamic Purity League in an attempt to take away our precious freedoms! The very thought such an horrific possibility makes me go quite weak at the knees and sets my heart all a’flutter.

  7. John says:

    The protesters pictured (all 2 of them!) are just kids.
    They are easy to lead on and who knows what kinds of blandishments they were offered to pose for the picture?
    I am sure the police have put the condoms to good use!
    Long live love!

  8. L.Long says:

    What more can be said?? These dimwitted maroons prove themselves to be just as stoopid as we say they are!!
    And the cops confiscated the booty for the same reason all cops do so….for their own use!

  9. barriejohn says:

    I was really puzzled at the idea that vendors might be “selling condoms in an unregulated way”, and my endeavours to ascertain what could possibly be meant led me to this site:

    Well, it made me smile anyway.

    “The law is a ass – a idiot.”

  10. Gill Kerry says:

    Just wandered over to that site. Love the cuddly toy condom she’s holding!

  11. Matt says:

    There is no joy in islam. Unless the joy be for its clerics and enforcers who enjoy making others miserable under threat of sadistic and extreme violence.

    “Islam is deadly serious”. Which is succinctly true especially if the last word is ommitted.

  12. Laura Roberts says:

    @AgentCormac: indeed. But, like the Christians who get apoplectic over abortion, condoms, gay sex, sex outside marriage, etc., I suspect the core of the matter is they see other people having fun they don’t allow themselves, and it makes them irate. Problem is, their anger is misdirected.

    I absolutely LOVE the story about haircuts. “Unethical Hair” would be a good name for a band.