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It seems that the United States Postal Service is so anxious to prove that the United States is no longer a Christian nation, that it has produced a whole bunch of stamps for the “Holiday Season” that puts Christianity in its place – as a minority faith among several other faiths. They are so anxious to be politically correct that – who knows? – the USPS might someday be called the United Nations Postal Service.
They’ve issued stamps for Secular Humanists, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, two Islamic holidays and, lastly, Christmas. Sorry, Buddhists, no stamps for you, at least not yet. Back in the old days, the Christmas stamp was the only stamp issued for Christmas, the joyous festival that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ all over the globe.
Now, of course, Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, just happens to coincide with the Christmas season, so the Hanukkah stamp pictured with a menorah seems appropriate. After all, Jesus was Jewish.
But the secular stamps deny the existence of God altogether. To atheists and Secular Humanists, this time of year is celebrated as the Winter Solstice. Yet the four secular stamps issued by the USPS have a definite Christmas flavor about them: a reindeer, a snowman, a ginger cookie and a toy soldier. The reindeer reminds us of Santa Claus’ delivery system. The ginger cookie and toy soldier remind us of the gifts children enjoy at Christmas.
Nevertheless, these secular themes seem to be acceptable to the administrators of our anti-Christian public schools where the time-old traditional greeting, Merry Christmas, and all of those lovely Christmas carols are now forbidden.
The Kwanzaa stamp depicts an African family dressed in tribal costume. Apparently, African-Americans want to remember and honor their noble heritage. The word Kwanzaa means “firstfruit” in Swahili. The weeklong festival was created by Ron Karenga, a black nationalist who considered Christmas to be a white man’s holiday. It is celebrated from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 each year. So actually, African-American children can celebrate both Christmas and Kwanzaa and get double gifts!
Although first celebrated in 1966, the first Kwanzaa stamp was issued in 1997. In 2004, President George Bush issued a politically correct Kwanzaa greeting: “Kwanzaa celebrations provide an opportunity to focus on the importance of family, community, and history, and to reflect on Nguzo Saba or seven principles of African culture. These principles emphasize unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.”
Which religious faith is not indicated. It could be Christianity or Islam or some prebiblical African gods. Also, cooperative economics and collective work are just different terms for socialism. Karenga, by the way, is not exactly the kind of person you’d invite to your Christmas or Kwanzaa dinner. Born Ron N. Everett in Maryland, he was jailed in California in 1971 for torturing two black women who were members of the United Slaves, a black nationalist cult he had founded.
Karenga was released from prison in 1975. If you want to know more about this self-styled “master teacher” and his radical views, there is an Internet website, ChickenBones: A Journal, with the full unsavory story.
The Muslim stamp, with its stylized Arabic calligraphy, was ironically first issued on Sept. 1, 2001, just ten days before Islamic terrorists flew two airliners into the Twin Towers in New York and an airliner into the Pentagon, killing about 3,000 people in just a few hours. I wonder how many of the victims who jumped from the upper floors of the Twin Towers would have appreciated the Postal Service’s magnanimous tribute to the religion that caused their deaths.
The letters EID on the stamp mean festival, and the stamp commemorates two Islamic festivals: the end of Ramadan and the willingness of the Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Of course, in the Bible it is Isaac, born of Sarah, who was going to be sacrificed, not Ishmael, born of Hagar. But that’s just a minor point of difference between biblical religion and the Quran.
The last thing the USPS would want to get involved in is a theological dispute. After all, according to the multicultural philosophy that now governs all of our secular cultural thinking, all religious faiths are equally true, which means they are also all equally false. A nation that adheres to that kind of insanity is no longer a nation. It’s just a very large crowd of people who don’t know what to believe in. So if they believe in nothing, what is there to defend?
I suggest that the Postal Service issue a series of stamps depicting the events of Sept. 11, 2001, lest we forget. But, of course, they wouldn’t want to offend the Muslims that live among us. Especially after the massacre at Fort Hood by a radical Islamic member of our armed forces who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers. According to top military officials, such massacres are a small price to pay for the great benefits of diversity.