There Is No Joy In Tehran-ville: Mighty Cupid Struck Out

Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

No more will that little babe with the angel wings shoot his arrows at love struck Iranian couples and promote the “sins” of compassion, passion, and love. The corruption that is red hearts and paper valentines has been officially banned by Iranian officials in homage to hoary Islamic law that proscribes unmarried couples from mingling.

The holiday — named for a Christian saint  — is not banned, merely frowned upon. Howevet the Iranian government finds no need to worry for Persian lovers of love. We have been assured that Iran is an ancient civilization and can create its own love fest. Or so says Ali Nikou Sokhan, head of the printers union, who was tasked with notifying the nation of the ban on valentines. “Honoring foreign celebrations is the spread of Western culture,” said Sokhan. “Our country has an ancient civilization and various days to honor kindness, love and affection.” 

Some have suggested replacing Valentine’s Day with the pre-Islamic feast of  friendship known as “Mehregan.” St. Mehregan’s Day just doesn’t have the same ring to it to this author.

Not all Iranians are happy with the ban. Valentines Day has become a popular distraction with young people in Iran and what’s a boy to do to woo the object of his affection without “posters, brochures, advertising cards, boxes with the symbols of hearts, half-hearts, red roses and any activities promoting this day.” Authorities warn those ignoring the ban will be subject to “legal action.”

I guess Dooley Wilson was wrong. The world will not always welcome lovers, as times goes by.

Source: Yahoo News

Submitted by Mark esposito, Guest Blogger

20 thoughts on “There Is No Joy In Tehran-ville: Mighty Cupid Struck Out”

  1. You don’t need no stinkin’ valentines–All You Need Is Love!


  2. come on….Who is trying to post like I….me?


    I would never tell….I assure…Privacy is paramount to any good relationship….Now I will tender all the necessary ingredients for full satisfaction….A gentleman….never revels…

  3. Is there really any room on this planet for these nukel dragging baboons……..really any room…………….man get over your selves will ya……………..

  4. AY, this is for you, it should sound pretty good in a big ol’ cave. I’m with Raff on the s’mores, just where is this cave you and Blouise are holed up? 🙂


  5. Ever see a 5-6 year old acting out … doing anything to get attention? That’s these guys … it has nothing to do with their religion … it’s ego .. “Hey, hey … look at us … we’re important … we have relevance … !”

    When the clowns are running the circus this is the kind of show you get.

  6. rafflaw
    1, January 22, 2011 at 12:03 pm
    No more Valentines? What is Hallmark’s Tehran division going to do to meet their goals?


    My thoughts, exactly. 🙂

    I’m going into the cave with AY … there’s a nice fire and smores

  7. No more Valentines? What is Hallmark’s Tehran division going to do to meet their goals? Maybe this will the final straw that breaks the back of the Fndamentalist camel and incites the populace to revolt against the chains that bind them!

  8. A religion that bans the giving of boxes of chocolates to the lovely young ladies is a religion soon to be overthrown by the lovely young ladies.

  9. Thank pasta that the Iranian theocratics have come to their senses and stopped this slippery slope to Westernization and, more importantly, immorality!

    This ban will easily put an end to ‘mingling’ between the sexes. Without this holiday boys will no longer lust after girls and girls will no longer be the least interested in boys. Absent Valentines Day there will be no unapproved acts of romance between men and women, no expressions of longing or confessions of love. Those men truly are great thinkers and genius tacticians.

    May they all be touched by His noodely appendages, Ramen.

  10. If I am to still be of ultimate service….oh no thats Buddha…I wake up just to annoy…..done my job…time to go back to the cave……lol 🙂

  11. Sir, with all due respect…its based upon a pagan holiday…..any body need a tree to roll down the mountain…to appease the sun gods….them days are getting shorter…. alla tree with lights….

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