KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Senior Muslim clerics urged Sudanese youngsters to boycott Valentine's Day, saying it is a Western institution that could lead couples astray. Members of the Sudan Ulema Authority, an influential body of religious leaders, called on young men and women to ignore the event on February 14 and resist the temptation to mark it by taking romantic strolls in parks. "Valentine's Day comes from Western countries. I call on Muslims not to imitate Christians," said preacher Sheikh Hassan Hamid in a statement released to Reuters Wednesday.
"The money that is spent on Valentine's Day would be better spent encouraging young people to marry," he added. The lovers' holiday has become increasingly popular in recent years among students and young people in the capital, with Valentine cards available in Khartoum shops. North Sudan's conservative culture frowns on public displays of affection between men and women kissing and holding hands in the street are unheard of. But young couples can occasionally be seen sitting, a decent distance apart, in parks and some of the city's flashier fast food restaurants.
Sudan's north is almost entirely Muslim, and Islamic sharia law has been enforced there since the 1980s. However, Christians and followers of traditional African beliefs dominate the country's semi-autonomous south. Authority member Al-Muhalab Barakat said Sudan's young people should not waste their time wandering through city parks on Valentine's Day. "This is just part of Western culture that should not be followed in Sudan," he said in a statement seen by Reuters on Wednesday. "Youths who go to parks with young girls up to midnight can make mistakes."
The clerics are right... this would be simply unacceptable. Men and women being affectionate? Unbelievable! What kind of vile culture would condone holding hands and kissing? A truly cultured and civilized society would beat, stone, maim and disfigure it's women for being so frivolous with their very dignity. Don't these unruly children realize that they are stepping on the honor of their forefathers? You're supposed to punch your woman in her Burqa right where her eye would be for failing to cook a delicious enough dinner. Make her walk 10 feet behind you in her place like a good slave. We as Americans need to see the light. We need to realize that our evil pagan ways are destroying civilization!
Oh wait, my sarcasm got the best of me there for a minute. I actually believe it was quoted best in "Generation Kill". Something to the tune of this:
"Look at this shit, how come we can't ever invade a cool country, like chicks in bikinis, you know, how come counties like that don't ever need Marines, I'll tell you why, it's lack of pussy that fucks countries up, lack of pussy is the root fucking cause of all global instability, if more hajis were getting quality pussy, there'd be no reason for us to come over and fuck em up like this, cause a nutbusting haji, is a happy haji."
Yeah, yeah, you should quote me on it, you know what, you should definitely quote me on it, this whole thing comes down to pussy! Look, if you take the Republican Guard and comp their asses for a week in Vegas, no fucking war!
So the war is not about oil or WMDs.
No, in the opinion of this Marine, its about pussy.
And its not about Saddam.
No, Saddam is just part of the problem, if Saddam invested more in the pussy infrastructure of Iraq than he did in his fucking gay ass army, then this country would be no more fucked up than say, Mexico."
Makes perfect sense to me.
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