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Jakarta Post

IMO view: Valentine’s Day is just another day

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, February 18 2013   /  10:57 am

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) issued an edict banning the celebration of Valentine’s Day, arguing it is sinful and would promote casual sex. As much as I agree that such festivity among youths nowadays is rather out of place, I find it rather silly to hold the celebration responsible for the moral decline of the young generation today as claimed by some religious hardliners.

The root cause is much deeper than that, ranging from the bad side effects of globalization and modernization to the loosening of religious as well as familial values within society.

Personally, I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, nor do I have any objection or grudge against those who celebrate it, so long it doesn’t disturb the public. It’s a matter of personal preference. You can’t just curb a personal preference or ban someone from doing something that is not against the law. Furthe...