Friday, September 08, 2006

Tolerance Anyone?


I received an email forward from someone recently that said "Boycott Muslim Holiday Stamp". A Muslim-themed stamp was chosen to reflect the religious diversity in America. The Postal Service issues 35 to 40 new stamps a year chosen from among 50,000 recommendations and drawings submitted annually.

The email I received was just full of intolerance. It basically said that the stamp was promoting terrorists and dishonoring our soldiers in Iraq. Then it had the most stupid sentence. "Let's remember that these people don't even believe in Jesus or Christmas!!!" Okay, DUH! First, it is a Muslim holiday so yes they don't believe in Jesus or Christmas and second, aren't we suppose to be a nation of immigrants of all faiths & nations. So, I think as long as the U.S. postage department makes Holiday Christmas stamps we should also have Hanukkah, EID, Kwanza etc.... because EVERYONE that is a U.S. citizen should be able to buy a stamp that reflects their heritage.

I am so tired of hearing that we should all hate and that everyone in one ethnic group should be persecuted for the acts of others that share that heritage.

Okay, I'm off my soap box! I'll post something more fun tomorrow!

If you don't know what Eid is:
Eid ul-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى) occurs on the tenth day of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijja. It is one of two Eid festivals that Muslims celebrate. Eid ul-Adha is celebrated by Muslims worldwide as a commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son(Ishmael) for (Allah)God. Others celebrate Eid-ul Adha as it marks the end of the Pilgrimage or Hajj for the millions of Muslims who make the trip to Mecca each year. Like Eid ul-Fitr, Eid ul-Adha also begins with a short prayer followed by a khutba. In Mecca, the Khutba is delivered from Mount Arafat.

1 comment:

KathyF said...

Several years ago I got a similar email. (I think it's a hoax.) A friend sent it to me (I was surprised she'd do that) but in the forwarded list of email addresses it had been sent from were several that came from the military--dot mil.

I contacted the IG at the base where they were from and later received an email from one of the senders. He had not realized how intolerant the message was, nor did he realize, as I had pointed out, that terrorism in the US had been committed by Christians as well as Muslims. (McVeigh)

I don't know if he really learned a lesson or not, but he won't be using his military email to send intolerance again!

I'm sorry to hear that it is going around again.