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Fact Check: Did Barack Obama Order the USPS to Issue this Eid Stamp?

This morning, Irregular Times received the following message by e-mail, a cut-and-paste reproduction of a message you can find all over the conservative blogosphere:

Muslim Stamp…………….NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SAY NO TO A MUSLIM STAMP BUT YES TO A STAMP WITH “JESUS CHRIST” ON IT!
——————————————————————————–

Apparently they think that putting “hearts” and “butterflies” on the new stamp will make most people not realize that the rest isArabic and probably not something we want to support.

New Stamp – the second one!

Eid Hearts and Butterfly stamp made by Leila.  But what's this Zazzle.com business?

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!”

Pass this along to everyPatriotic Americanthat you know and get the word out!

Honor the United States of America !

I have a theory that the more capital letters and exclamation points a message uses, the less likely it is to be true. Let’s test that theory with a fact check.

Does the President of the United States approve Postage Stamps?

No. An unpaid Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee appointed by the Postmaster General reviews and approves postage stamps for the U.S. Postal Service

Did the United States Postal Service design this Postage Stamp?
No. Do you notice the Zazzle.com text above the stamp? Do you notice the signature “Leila” at the bottom? This is a one of many stamps designed by private individuals to commemorate Eid and sold by the non-governmental Zazzle corporation — like this and this and this.

How long have Eid stamps been around in the United States?
The first U.S. Postal Service Eid stamp (of which the above stamp is not one) was announced on August 1, 2001 — when George W. Bush, not Barack Obama, was President.

Why are there Eid stamps but no Christmas stamps?
There are many Christmas (and Hanukkah and Kwanzaa) stamps produced by the U.S. Postal Service, and many more designed by private citizens.

The capital letters/exclamation point hypothesis is borne out, at least in this case. The Barack Obama Eid Conspiracy claim joins a long line of histrionic claims by anti-Muslim, anti-Obama conservatives that is simply not true.

10 comments to Fact Check: Did Barack Obama Order the USPS to Issue this Eid Stamp?

  • Tom

    i think it’s rather pretty, in an abstract art, foreign language mystique sort of way, with the heart, butterfly and moon slice a happy-feeling addition.

  • HareTrinity

    “Hearts” and “butterflies” in quotes? Are they secretly threats and/or proof that Obama’s the leader of Al Qaeda?

    And Tom; I agree! I wasn’t aware Islamophobia spread to the writing of countries associated with Muslims… The Bible was first written in Hebrew, no?

  • Art

    Can anyone please trancript the Arabic to English on the stamp shown above ?

    • Anonymous

      The Arabic writing on the stamp says “Eid Mubarak” meaning “Blessed Festival” Eid in Arabic means festival.

      Muslims have two Eids, one after Ramadan (fasting month), which came this year on Sep. 22nd. The other Eid comes during the Muslim pilgrimage season commemorating Abraham’s sacrificing a lamb instead of his son. This story appears in the Jewish, Christian and Quran

    • Anonymous

      The Arabic writing on the stamp says “Eid Mubarak” meaning “Blessed Festival” Eid in Arabic means festival.

      Muslims have two Eids, one after Ramadan (fasting month), which came this year on Sep. 22nd. The other Eid comes during the Muslim pilgrimage season commemorating Abraham’s sacrificing a lamb instead of his son. This story appears in the Jewish, Christian bible and Quran

  • A.

    A stamp honoring a society that executes women for being raped? I think I’ll pass on the massage. He may not have personally picked it, but he has certainly been complicit in promoting an undeserved respect for Islamicism. I don’t care who submitted it. I care that the United States government is promoting it..

  • A.

    A stamp honoring a society that executes women for being raped? I think I’ll pass on the massage I received. The President may not have personally picked it, but he has certainly been complicit in promoting an undeserved respect for Islamicism. I don’t care who submitted it. I care that the United States government is promoting it..

  • GAYLE D

    Oh please, does anyone really believe President Obama has time to mess around with a stamp or even care to? I cannot believe the rediculous rumors that fly around the internet about our Govt. I had the pleasure of having dinner this weekend with a retired CIA agent. We had many laughs about this insanity. Please, even if you did not vote for Pres. Obama show our president some respect.

  • A_B_C

    The stamp was not issued by USPS. USPS has granted several private companies the right to publish postage stamps that must be approved per certain guidelines. This stamp was published by Zazzle, a company that allows people to upload their own images and print them on stamps. This is not an official USPS stamp in the sense it was approved by the postal service’s design committee. You cab easily go to Zazzle and publish you own religious stamps – they can’t show historical figures such as Jesus of course.

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