Thursday, 14 February 2008

Valentines Day cancelled in Saudi Arabia

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It probably wont come as much of a surprise to hear that the authorities in Saudi Arabia have clamped down on the sale of red roses and other items related to traditional Valentines Day displays of affection.

Florists and gift shops were visited yesterday by officers from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice and ordered to remove any scarlet coloured items. Reuters reports that this is not unusual, as the strict Islamic state sees Valentines Day as promoting relations outside of wedlock, an offence punishable by law.

Meanwhile, for anyone who didn't already think Valentines Day was tacky enough, take a look at this delightful "Jesus loves you" e-card. As it says, he may not "pass out pretty cards" or "hand out fancy gifts" on Valentines, but this doesn't seem to discourage some of his followers from disseminating crap online cards.