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:
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!
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.