So every once in a while I’ll get one of those stupid email forwards people blithely pass around without checking to see if any of it’s true. Most of the time I just roll my eyes and delete them. But this time, it was so obvious the Islamophobic message wasn’t true, it made me question how manage to survive when they so obviously aren’t using what little brain capacity they have.
The text of the message is as follows (sparing the eye-blinding colors and extremely large font):
Don’t buy it!
Apparently they think that putting hearts and butterflies on the new stamp will make most people not realize that the rest is Arabic and probably not something we want to support.
USPS New 44-Cent Stamp Celebrates a Muslim holiday. If there is only ONE thing you forward today… Let it be this!
President Obama has directed the United States Postal Service to REMEMBER and HONOR the EID MUSLIM holiday season with a new commemorative 44-Cent First Class Holiday Postage Stamp.
REMEMBER to adamantly & vocally BOYCOTT this stamp, when you are purchasing your stamps at the post office.
All you have to say is “No thank you, I do not want that Muslim Stamp on my letters!”
To use this stamp would be a slap in the face to all those AMERICANS who died at the hands of those whom this stamp honors.
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of Pan Am Flight 103!
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993!
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the Marine Barracks in Lebanon !
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the Military Barracks in Saudi Arabia !
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the American Embassies in Africa !
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the USS COLE!
REMEMBER the MUSLIM attack on 9/11/2001 !
REMEMBER all the AMERICAN lives that were lost in those vicious MUSLIM attacks!
Pass this along to every Patriotic American that you know and get the word out!
Honor the United States of America ! Don’t buy it!
At first glance of the supposed “stamp,” you can see the “zazzle.com” website address at the top. Even if you don’t know what Zazzle.com is (a place where you can order custom-designed stamps), if you have any common sense whatsoever, you should know that it’s not an official United States Postal Service stamp. An official USPS stamp would never have another business’ website address on it. Also, a simple Internet search will bring up a multitude of sites disproving the bogus claims in the email.
Even though the stamp being sent around with the email is not issued by the post office, it may come as a shock to people who believe it that there is an official USPS-issued stamp commemorating the holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. President Obama did not order this stamp into being. It was issued, ironically, on Sept. 1, 2001, 10 days before the Sept. 11 attacks and seven years before Obama would be elected president. It has been reissued every time postage has gone up. According to the press release regarding the issuing of the stamp:
The Eid stamp commemorates the two most important festivals—or eids—in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. On these days, Muslims wish each other “Eid mubarak,” the phrase featured in Islamic calligraphy on the stamp. “Eid mubarak” translates literally as “blessed festival,” and can be paraphrased as “May your religious holiday be blessed.” This phrase can be applied to both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
The stamp is part of the USPS’ holiday series, along with stamps for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.
I could go on a spiel about how, if we should boycott the “Muslim stamp” because of all the people who were killed by “Muslims,” we ought to do the same thing to any stamp connected to a history of violence and bloodshed… but that would make this blog entry entirely too long.
Regardless, I will do one thing the email forward says. I will honor the United States of America next time I need stamps by requesting the Eid stamp, if available. Because I believe in the First Amendment and believe that every person in this country has the right to worship (or not) how he or she pleases, without fear of persecution.
I feel it says a lot about a person’s so-called faith if they can feel so threatened by something as innocuous as a stamp.