By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2008 4:05 PM CST
NEWSER) – In preparation for Valentine's Day, Saudi Arabia has temporarily banned all things red. The morality cops are out in force in search of the color of love, reports CNN, with plans to confiscate everything from flowers to stuffed toys. The ban is part of a yearly effort, complete with raids on retailers on the night of Feb. 13, to quell romance's big day.
"As Muslims we shouldn't celebrate a non-Muslim celebration, especially one that encourages immoral relations between unmarried men and women," said a Saudi religious scholar. For the desperate, black-market red roses are available—at six times the normal price. "Sometimes we deliver the bouquets in the middle of the night or early morning, to avoid suspicion," said a florist.