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"because now maybe people will listen."
"I have many cases of people I know that are suffering in the hands of the government and people literally dying because they are not getting the help they need,"
A spokesman for the Saudi virtue commission, Sheik Ali Qarni, defended the ban on celebrating Valentine's Day on the grounds that Muslims know the true meaning of love -- the love of God -- and behave accordingly throughout the year.
"Muslims are people of love, as evidenced by the fact that this word appears in [the Koran] 83 times," Qarni told the newspaper Al Watan.
The newspaper said Valentine's Day is outlawed based on a fatwa against "pagan holidays."
The commission ran ads this week warning shop owners against selling any merchandise related to Valentine's Day, which is Sunday.
Another newspaper, Al Riyadh, ran articles with headlines such as, "A fifth of adults prefer to spend Valentine's Day with their pets instead of their partners," and "Valentine's Day flavored with cocaine in the Netherlands this year."
The former congressman from Colorado and 2008 Republican presidential candidate blasted President Obama, saying "people who could not even spell the word 'vote', or say it in English, put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House. His name is Barack Hussein Obama."