Islamic supremacists don’t just want to bypass and denigrate Valentine’s Day. They want you to do so also, and if you don’t, the stones and bullets will start flying. Here again we see that morality in Islamic culture is not so much a matter of virtue freely chosen, but of people living in terror of committing a transgression that could get them killed. Contrary to the fond of imaginings of non-Muslims such as Robert P. George and Dinesh D’Souza, it is not a Republic of Virtue, but an Empire of Fear.
PESHAWAR: While one group of students of Peshawar University celebrated Valentine’s Day, another celebrated Haya Day (modesty day) leading to a clash that turned violent, Express News reported on Friday.
Students threw rocks at fellow students, forcing the police to intervene. Violence escalated as the students pulled out weapons and started firing at police officers as well.
The police also fired back and thirteen students were taken into custody.
The students also set three rooms of the hostel on fire.
“The situation is under control now. Three students were wounded in the clash,” local police official Fazalur Rehman told AFP, adding that police were searching for the students involved to arrest them.
One student had a gunshot wound to his hand, he added.
Valentine’s Day is increasingly popular among younger Pakistanis, many of whom have taken up the custom of giving cards, chocolates and gifts to their sweethearts to celebrate the occasion.
But Pakistan remains a deeply traditional Muslim society where many disapprove of Valentine’s Day as a Western import.
No kidding, really?