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Please support Muslim stamps

This is in response to an email I recieved from a family member. I am asking everyone who comes upon this to read it and respond to the United States Postal Service on your thoughts or feelings.
Text of email: This one is impossible to believe. Scroll down for the text. If there is one thing you forward today ... let it be this. 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 Twin Towers on 9/11/2001! REMEMBER all the AMERICAN lives that were lost in those vicious MUSLIM attacks! Now the United Postal Service REMEMBERS and HONORS the EID MUSLIM holiday season with a commemorative first class holiday postage stamp. REMEMBER to adamantly and vocally BOYCOTT this stamp when purchasing your stamps at the post office. 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 to pass this along to every patriotic AMERICAN you know. A slap in the face is correct...to all people practicing the muslim religion. This email is ignorant and biased. I urge YOU to buy these stamps when you go to the post office, or even better to write, call, or email USPS and let them know that you appreciate the fact that they support people from all walks of life. It's sad when you have to be a bigot and hate someone because of there religion. This email fails to mention how many countries the United States has bombed, how many innocent people have been killed, or how many lives have been destroyed because of the greedy, power hungry people that reside in our government offices. If we allow the "patriots" of this country to bully the USPS into discontinuing this stamp because of the religion it represents, then what's next? Book burnings, muslim imprisonment, death camps? I know that may sound extreme, but how exactly did the nazi following start? If this makes your blood boil like mine, please do what you can to support this stamp.
Sorry 16.Oct.2003 23:34

Rational

I cant support ANY religious stamps! Whatever happened to separation of church and state?

Well 16.Oct.2003 23:50

Jane

The separation of church and state went away in the left after the Muslims were adopted as the token victims.

Religions suck 17.Oct.2003 06:18

IMCreader

I think there must be a better way to fight Christian-Jewish extremism than promoting Islam.

I'd much rather promote atheism, and give all religious wackos something to think about.

2c

As long as we be fair. I mean .... 17.Oct.2003 07:12

Jonathan simon_bolivar_el_liberator@yahoo.com

If you do that just we have to make sure that we don't forget those Agnostics and Jews.

Jonathan -


To have any color prejudice is to discriminate against God, who is sitting in the hearts of all the red, white, yellow, olive, and black peoples of the world. -- Paramahansa Yogananda

still hasn't been mentioned ... 17.Oct.2003 08:41

CaptainPlanet

... that some of those incidents probably had nothing to do with any Muslim people and were engineered to create public outcry against the Arab world.

This is old news 17.Oct.2003 08:45

skate

This stamp has been out for over 2 years, since it's release on September 1, 2001. It was re-released in October of 2002.

This email is typical of those that start on the internet in response to some event and then never die ... going on for years after the original event has faded into history. As an example, the famous anti-Taliban email that speaks to poor treatment of women is still circulating although the conditions it addressed have changed radically. No doubt there's still something out there that calls for action against South African Apartheit too.

Please support Muslim stamps 10.Nov.2004 19:16

Geoff Riggs

Sincerely, while I can understand the feelings that impelled the writer calling for the boycott to protest such a postage stamp, I can't help feeling myself that we may be inadvertently dancing to Bin Laden's tune if we fall at each other's throats over our different religions. After all, many of the Muslims here in America are here to get away from the kinds of fanatics who perpetrated the attacks the original writer cites in the first place. The Muslim communities who have laid down roots here in America are Americans too, and if Americans become divided and resentful of each other for any reason, Bin Laden has already gained a moral victory. Can we afford that?

Now, more than ever, when we are in a real war, Americans need to stick together. Try to remember the spirit that was here in New York City right after the attacks. We held together. We helped each other. There was the true greatness of America.

With respect, please let's not give Bin Laden the satisfaction of adopting his twisted outlook and initiating a virtual pogrom against any one religion, especially since all the world religions are represented by equally thriving, law-abiding communities throughout this precious country. Even President Bush -- no friend of Muslim terrorists! -- has warned us that a group of sick butchers are attempting to drag a perfectly respectable religion through the mud, and that it is up to the rest of us to see to it that they don't succeed. Once we fall into the temptation of pitting American communities against each other along religious lines, our precious way of life is threatened and we destroy ourselves and the glorious openness of our lives more effectively than any outside attacker ever can. The hijackers of 9/11 wanted to destroy our freedoms and everything we stand for when they attacked. We know they can never do that. And we also can not afford risking such a change amongst ourselves, risking the very same transformation of everything we live for and believe in that Bin Laden's hijacking of planes could not do.

It is the way of America to let the marketplace rule, and that is good. If the postage stamp commemorating the Eid holiday is purchased by those decent Americans who have adopted the Muslim faith, that is surely their right, and who are we that we should begrudge them that right? For one thing, should the mere number of adherents of any given faith measured against the population at large be the determinant of which Americans can be given the opportunity to commemorate their holy days and which ones cannot? By that yardstick, Buddhists, Jews, Hindus, Confucians -- none of these adherents who are also Americans should be given the opportunity to commemorate their holy days. Why? Simple. Because they are not Christians, who hold at least the plurality, if not the downright majority throughout most regions of this country! Yet, candidly, such thinking makes me, a practising Christian, uncomfortable, as I hope it does most readers here.

This country's Founders understood that, though Christians outnumber other believers in the United States, it was still important that, in a truly free nation, all religions should be freely practised. Once that is jeopardized, Bin Laden has won -- and we'll have no one to blame but ourselves.

Likewise, if customers fail to purchase this postage stamp in the requisite numbers, the law of the marketplace may again operate, and it may possibly be discontinued for lack of general popularity. Those would be the only circumstances under which I would feel comfortable with the stamp's being discontinued. I'd have no problem with that. The one thing that would be bad would be if arbitrary forces other than the simple operations of supply and demand -- the American way -- were to dictate the fate of this stamp.

I was acquainted with six of the people who perished in the Towers on September 11th. Please, in their memory, I ask that we not prevent fellow Americans from taking advantage of anything the marketplace offers them to celebrate the milestones of their faith.

Respectfully,

Geoff Riggs