Why is post office hiding religious Christmas stamp?
This isn’t about the SAFE Act, fracking or immigration. Instead, I write about the mailing I received recently from the U.S. Postal Service promoting its holiday stamps. I am the first to appreciate a desire for equality at the holidays and I welcome a promotion of all faiths and celebrations. “All” is the operative word here. What used to be a cry for equal recognition for Kwanzaa and Hanukkah – to have equal time and be held up alongside Christmas – has now swung the pendulum beyond the “equal center.”
This is about the USPS voluntarily and intentionally, through a direct mailing to American homes, endorsing two other wonderful religious/cultural celebrations and intentionally omitting our nation’s longest-standing national holiday called Christmas. When I saw the Hanukkah and Kwanzaa stamps, I was excited until I realized that the third stamp was that of a gingerbread house placed between the others. That’s it – a solitary gingerbread house as the third “holiday” celebratory stamp. Maybe a gingerbread house is the new symbol for atheism.
This sure looks like faith discrimination to me. Whether you subscribe to any religious belief is not my point, because I absolutely respect your right to do so or not. This also is not about whether the post office sells a religious Christmas stamp, because I know it does. In fact, that reinforces my position because the Postal Service purposely chose not to promote it alongside the others.
It’s one thing to advance equality, but please remember to include reason when doing so. And, in this case, don’t conveniently omit the very religion that the majority of Americans treasure and that generations have celebrated for centuries. I am proud to refer to it as Christmas.