69 million page views

Opposition to Valentine's Day is not hate

Reader comment on item: Hating Valentine's Day

Submitted by Project2012 (United States), Feb 17, 2004 at 19:17

While I would defend any person's right to celebrate Valentine's Day, that does not imply that everyone should either celebrate or that it is an innocuous holiday.

The holiday's origin are pagan Graeco-Roman and, as thus, religious monotheists may find it distasteful and its modern day celebrations as garish. It is also a Christian holiday, like Christmas, and as such is a holiday that non-Christians should not be obligated to participate in or promote.

Finally, for Jews, Valentine's Day is (although it is not widely known) a day of terrible tragedy. In 1349, one of the largest single pre-Holocaust massacres of Jews took place on Valentine's Day in Strasbourg, France, where Jews, blamed for the spread of the plague, were burned alive en masse by the citizenry: 2,000 men, women, and children died on the feast of love.

So, when non-Christian religious leaders in America encourage their followers not to celebrate Valentine's Day, that does not mean that they are being anti-American, anti-Christian, or anti-Western.

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2024 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)