Friday, 12 February 2010
The Jihad Against Love
It happens every year, and this year is no exception: Saudi Arabia's religious police have begun their preparations for stamping out any celebration of Valentine's Day. Meanwhile, Muslim leaders in Russia have urged Muslims to boycott the day of love.
In United in Hate: The Left's Romance With Tyranny and Terror, Jamie Glazov explains that the furious Islamic opposition to Valentine's Day "exemplifies its hatred of personal love." He demonstrates that this opposition is actually perfectly in line with that of the hard Left, whose ideology he accurately describes as a kind of "totalitarian puritanism". He notes that "Islam hates the idea of a day marked to celebrate personal love:...such a day distracts citizens from the priority of submission to the higher authority [i.e. Allah]....Valentine's Day is a 'shameful day' for these Muslims because female sexuality and the female herself are considered shameful." (pp.121-22)
And of course, it must be added that this opposition is further intensified by the fact that Valentine's Day is celebrated in honour of a Christian saint, and the Islamic supremacist mindset strictly forbids believers from indulging in it for this reason.