Via Bangkok Post:
The deputy mayor of Depok in West Java has called on parents in the city to tell their children not to celebrate the “day of love” and instead concentrate on more religious activities.
Idrus Abdul Somad said that parents should take their children to Islamic events on Valentine’s Day, such as celebrating the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.
“Those who love the disciple are good people,” Mr Idrus was reported to have said on Tuesday, according to the Jakarta Globe.
“Many people translate Valentine’s Day as expressing [love] to their lover.
“Therefore please forbid your children from celebrating Valentine’s Day.”
The secretary of the Depok chapter of Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s largest Islamic organisation, also called on Muslims to not celebrate the day.
“Valentine’s Day is often misunderstood by teenagers as the moment to express love and affection which ends up to a sex party,” Raden Salamun Adiningrat said.
The leader of Mummies Against Valentines Day apparently shares the dread