An email making the pre-Christmas rounds claims that President Obama — excuse me, make that “President Barack Hussein Obama,” because those right wing extremist nutjobs can’t resist calling him that — has directed the U.S. Postal Service to “remember and honor” the Eid Muslim holiday season with a new holiday postage stamp.
The email then urges you to adamantly and vocally boycott the stamp when purchasing postage, adding that using it would be a “slap in the face” to all those Americans who died at the hands of “those whom this stamp honors.”
Well, they at least got the whom right, so I guess I should give them one point for that.
Unfortunately, I can’t give them much credit for checking their facts.
This stamp has absolutely nothing to do with President Obama. It was introduced on September 1, 2001, just ten days before the terror attacks of 9/11. Oddly enough, though George W. Bush was in office at the time, the original version of the email spam made no mention of him and made no attempt to blame him for “directing” anyone to honor anyone: back then, the email said, “the United States Postal Service REMEMBERS and HONORS the EID MUSLIM holiday season….”
I guess there’s no doubt about the political leanings of the people behind this little missive, is there?
Incidentally, the EID that appears on the stamp is roughly equivalent in English to “celebration” or “festival,” and could relate to Eid Al-Fitr, a three day celebration ending the monthlong fasting of Ramadan, or Eid Al-Adha, a three-day celebration of the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice a son in response to God’d command.
The Postal Service has several holiday stamps available representing a variety of diverse celebrations: there are Christmas stamps, Hanukkah stamps, and Kwanzaa stamps.
Sorry, right-wing nutjobs: if any president is to blame for this stamp, it’s yours.
Next time, why not do a little research before filling up our email box with lies!