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Issues of the day: Students say ‘No’ to Valentine’s Day

  • The Jakarta Post

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  /   Sat, February 16 2013   /  01:51 pm

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Nearly 500 elementary school students in Surakarta, Central Java, joined a march to the city’s Manahan Stadium on Wednesday in protest against Muslim youth partaking in Valentine’s Day celebrations, arguing that doing so was against Islamic teaching.

Some 30 teachers accompanied the students at the rally in the city, which is also known as Solo. The students ranged from first to sixth graders of Al Fattah Islamic elementary school.

Your comments:

This action amounts to hate speech and stirs up discontent in the community. This action also encourages protests and rallies as the first step toward vigilantism and condones violence against those who have a different system of beliefs.

Worse still is forcing a hateful belief system on innocent and sensitive children. This is child abuse and these teachers must be pulled out of the educationa...