Saudi Arabia‘s religious police have arrested more than 140 people for celebrating Valentine’s Day.
The Organisation for Promoting Virtue and Discouraging Evil says officers have punished those caught so far, and that its campaign of arrests is continuing.
In a six-page statement, the religious police said they were saving women from “deceiving men”, who used the day to give the fake impression that they loved a woman while pretending to be a “harmless lamb”. Read more HERE.
And Indonesia doesn’t want to be left out.
Lovebirds have been banned from celebrating by clerics in Banten province on Java and Palembang in South Sumatra.
Members of the pan-Islamic movement Hizbut Tahrir held a protest against the day in the West Java town of Sukabumi.
The Western event goes against Islam, said the Aceh Assembly of Clerics.
Tengku Faisal Ali, a spokesman for the Ulema – a group of scholars who set Islamic law – told the Jakarta Globe: ‘It is haram [forbidden] for Muslims to observe Valentine’s Day because it does not accord with Islamic Sharia.’
(h/t to AtlasShrugs)