Indonesia protests Valentine’s Day as sex holiday


JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian officials and Muslim clerics have called for young people to skip Valentine’s Day, saying it’s an excuse for couples to have forbidden sex.

Idris Abdul Somad, deputy mayor of Depok, a town on the outskirts of Jakarta, said Thursday that many teenagers use the Western holiday as a time to express their love, which often leads to premarital sex.

He called on residents to instead take their children to Islamic religious activities.

Meanwhile, hundreds of students in Jambi, on Sumatra island, and Solo, in Central Java, held Valentine’s Day protests Wednesday. Muslim clerics urged youngsters to avoid celebrations in several cities in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

Indonesia’s 200 million Muslims practice a moderate form of faith. Attitudes toward Valentine’s Day vary in the Muslim world.

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  • common_juan

    ayus to ah! dami bogli matutuwa nyan :D

  • $5699914

    ng magsabog ang langit ng kamalisyahan, SINALO LAHAT NG MGA KAPANALIG NG RELIHIYONG ITO.

  • staad

    stu*id to to define valentines day as sex day.
    kahit kailan bobo talaga mga muslim.

    • pubringjuandelacruz

      hindi nman lahat ng muslim pre bobo… meron din nman mga rational na muslims!

  • bugoybanggers

    wag ma offend tama nga naman ang mga MUSLIM na nagiging SEX day ang tinatawag na VALENTINES DAY..bakit sa Pilipinas ano ba ang nalalathala parati? mga MOTEL, HOTEL mga PARKE kung saan makikita ninyo ang mga KUWAN na nagkukuwanan. Masama iyan masyadong bulgar at BASTOS sa karamihan. Kristianismo hinahayaan lang ang mga miembro na MABASTOS o MANG BASTOS? Amerikano ang nagpalaganap ng Valentines Day na ito na sila mismo ang immoralidad ay laganap..gagaya din ba ang mga PILIPINO?

  • JuanTamadachi

    Make love, not war

    • billijo

      You mean it is not the same thing ? LOL

  • joeybg

    Ayos lang kung ayaw ninyong maging part ng valentines day, basta huwag lang ninyong ituro sa mga Bobo ninyong tagasunod na Patayin ang hindi naniniwala sa Allah ninyo.

  • Thomas Aquinas

    Hypocrites! Islam has a concept of Mutah in marriage. This is like legalized prostitution.

  • Melvin

    Kultado talaga ang utak ng ibang relihiyon… Napakaliwanag na pagdiriwan ng Araw Ng Mga Puso, hindi sinabing “Sex Day” Hayy naku day!!!

  • Edgardo Mendoza


    • billijo

      Think about it. That is why they say such crazy things. Ten wives would drive any man crazy. LOL

    • Handiong

      Sorry to disappoint you. They are limited to 4.

      But, wait! If you become a suicide bomber, you’ll be given 72 virgins in Paradise.

  • ksafan0

    Valentines day is just one day in a year. It’s such a shallow excuse. What about the rest of the year; if lovers want to do it, would Valentine’s day matter at all? Silly isn’t it:? 

  • boybakal

    Indonesia protests Valentine’s Day as Sex holiday….

    This is the time of the year where Motels, Hotels, Inns are booming.
    Also, Laundry business is at high cleaning peak.
    And drugstores are booming too for viagra, cortal etc etc.

    Anyway, our children and students are ready for this Sex Holiday….they already studied Sex Education.
    Nothing to worry about Mom, Dad.

    • billijo


  • RONNIE858

    Hahaha, sabi nga ng iba parang celebration ng New Year eh.

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