East Java Kids Face An Anti-Valentine Diktat!


We have not seen so many news reports of anti-Valentine hysteria in Indonesia this year, although there has been one classic, already noted…

and while maybe an encouraging sign, that deprives me of good raw material like those last year…

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…or in the years before that.

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However, here’s one more example that popped up a few days ago!

The latest anti-Valentine jackboot bigotry, NOT by the MUI fanatics this time, but, incredibly, according to Eramuslim news page, by the Department of Education and Culture in Bondowoso Regency, East Java!

These sticky-beak bureaucrats are not content to issue a diktat for the educational property that comes within their sphere of authority –

“We have sent a circular letter to the school to ban students not to celebrate valentine day that is not our culture,” said Head of Education and Culture of Bondowoso, Endang Hardiyanti in Bondowoso

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According to Endang, the celebration of “Valentine Day” tends to lead to negative things that are not in accordance with religious norms and Eastern culture, so it’s reasonable if the next generation of the nation is empowered not to the day of love.

Part of what she says is true, clearly. Valentines would be as unknown in Indonesia as other cultural imports, e.g. Mickey Mouse and jazz, were it not for Western influence.

Are the two latter phenomena also to be outlawed because of her chauvinistic prejudice? Do Mickey, and jazz, also lead to ‘negative things?’

One assumes not. One sadly assumes that the animosity towards Valentines is motivated by the perceived like between the celebration and normal affection between boys and girls.

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We know the sort of nasty infantile hang-ups some people have about the PDA threat!

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But that reference to religion is downright sinister.


Endang goes on to rant that Valentine’s Day is very contrary to our religion, so we need to fortify the students to not be affected by negative culture.”

I thought Indonesia was a pluralist country!

She’s a Muslim, but the Provincial Department she’s meant to serve is itself meant to serve ALL children in East Java, regardless of religion.

Her sectarian outlook is deplorable, but she seems not even to confine her Islamist intimidation to the schools.

Endang has issued a circular.

“The school should inform the parents of the students about the ban, either by mail, or through meetings.”  

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What’s not clear is whether she’s trying to expand her intolerance beyond the school-yard to the unfortunate students’ homes…

…or if perhaps, in a last-minute glimmer of rationality, she aims to give parents the opportunity to challenge her dictatorial decree.

Eramuslim doesn’t pursue this question, but I tend to fear the former explanation is more likely!