More controversy over roses, especially the red ones


There’s still plenty of draconian pandemonium. Days before I arrived,
the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice
cracked down with a Valentine’s Day massacre, banning red roses and
teddy bears and raiding shops at any flash of crimson. Islamic scholars
declared the holiday a sin because it promoted “immoral relations”
between unmarried men and women.

Maureen Dowd in yesterday's NYT.