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Kuwait Hardliners Take Aim at Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is just three days away, but one Muslim politician is heading up a committee to make sure it goes completely ignored.

Kuwaiti MP Waleed Al-Tabtabae, head of the National Assembly’s Committee Monitoring Negative Alien Practices, will chair his group Wednesday to discuss ways to repress all public displays recognizing the international day of love.

“We want to discuss measures that should be taken by these ministries to prevent such alien events from impacting Kuwaiti society and spreading corruption among the Kuwaiti youth,” Al-Tabtabae told reporters Monday.

Committee member Islamist MP Jamaan Al-Harbash said many Islamic countries ban Valentine's Day celebrations because the holiday “spreads moral corruption.”

While Kuwait has tolerated Valentine’s Day, allowing supermarkets to sell Valentine's Day paraphernalia in designated store areas, the nation's ultra-conservatives, who are growing in influence, are pushing strongly to remove all public reminders of the romantic holiday.

Saudi Arabia, which had strongly condemned public Valentine's Day celebrations, has eased its ban, allowing the sale of cards and candy, but still prohibiting public exhibitions of affection.