Posted by: becketfund | February 11, 2010

Saudi Arabia: Religious Police Crackdown on Valentines Day

RIYADH – On February 11 religious police launched a nationwide crackdown on stores selling items that in any way allude to the banned celebration of Valentine’s Day, a holiday named after a Christian saint said to have been martyred by the Romans in the 3rd Century, the AP reported on February 11.  In addition to the Valentine’s Day prohibition, which is in line with Saudi’s strict Wahhabi school of Islam that the kingdom follows, the government also bans several Muslim holidays except the two most important ones as it considers them “religious innovations” that Islam does not sanction.

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