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Submitted by jennifer solis (United States), Feb 16, 2008 at 01:59

So sad that such an inoffensive day of the year should be looked upon as a threat, dangerous to society.

Yesterday, on Feb. 14, Valentine's Day, I stopped by the local store for some shopping. Business was booming, with customers leaving the store with red roses, baskets with satin bows and teddy bears. Inside were men in business suits, teenagers, older folks, here and there carrying their selected gifts, and there was a sort of good-will and excitement among them all. The store had been festooned with pink and red ribbon, different displays had been set about, with heart-shaped pillows and ruby-red boxes of chocolates. I said hello to the manager, I commented that business was booming. He replied the greeting card section was chaotic.

Taking a look, I saw the section for get-well, happy birthday, etc. cards was empty, but off to the side a large crowd were transfixed upon a huge selection of Valentine's Day cards, silently wondering over their choice, perhaps pondering and anticipating the result. It was an odd sight, and heart-warming. A people silently grouped together, each with their own story, but by the looks on their faces, sharing an excitement in their endeavor to find just the right Valentine's Day card.

What in the world can Muslim governments have against affection shown and celebrated between two people?

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