"The U.S. Postal Service is pleased to announce that the Eid postage stamp will be re-issued on Oct. 10, 2002, at the current First-Class rate of 37 cents.
A 34-cent Eid stamp was first issued on Sept. 1, 2001, at the annual Islamic Society of North America's convention in Des Plaines, Ill. The new version will be available beginning Oct. 10 at Washington, D.C. post offices and at post offices across the country starting the following day."
The first issue of this stamp was pre-9/11, and was issued along with Hanukkah and Kwanzaa stamps, which were re-issued at the same time.
My mother was appalled to find the following in her mailbox (from http://www.jewishjou...x.php?view=3249 ):
"Dear Fellow Patriotic Americans,
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of PanAm 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 the World Trade Center on 9/11/01.
REMEMBER all the AMERICAN lives that were lost in those vicious MUSLIM attacks.
Now the United States Postal Service REMEMBERS and HONORS the EID MUSLIM holiday season with a commemorative first class holiday postage stamp. Did the Post Office offer a US stamp with the Japanese "Rising Sun" in January of 1942?
They actually began printing the stamp in 2001 before the September 11 Islamic attacks, and offered them for sale last year because they were more fearful of "offending Muslims" than they were of insulting all the memories of Americans dead at the hands of Muslims. "
Here's another link:
The person who forwarded this crap to my mother is a Baptist minister. All I can say is, "way to practice Christianity."
This country has an enormous Muslim population. These people are not terrorists, they're not foreigners, they're *Americans.* There's no reason for us to identify their religion with terrorism any more than I would identify all Christians with the right-wing fundamentalists who think snake-handling is a great way to celebrate God.
I would hate to think that either of these people (Jewish or Christian) are representative of the general public. And I'm appalled to see that this crap is still being circulated even AFTER the stamps have been re-issued.
If I had seen this before the re-issue I would have sent the post office a letter of support and done the same for my Senator and congresswoman.
In fact, I may still do it.
Edited by Rhea, 26 February 2003 - 06:23 PM.