EID Stamp

Ten days before more then 3,000 men, women and children were murdered at the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, the U. S. postal service released the “Eid Stamp” commemorating two Islamic festivals, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.  During these post-Ramadan holidays the Muslims bid each other “Eid Mubarak, which translates to  "May your religious holiday be blessed." Every September, since then, the same stamp is still released.

A prepared response from the postal service claims they are just adding the Islam stamp to their holiday collection, which also honors Christmas and Hanukkah.

Islam is drastically different then the other two religions whose ideals have formed and made this country desirable. The mid-eastern religion had nothing to do with the standards that are the basis for this country, nor its founding history. It, however, does yearn to replace our beliefs with theirs.

It is a destructive and violent religion. Although not every Muslim is a terrorist, almost every terrorist has been a Muslim. The U. S. Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism reported (1) that in 2003 there were 208 acts of international terrorism against civilians or un-armed personnel. These attacks resulted in 625 people dying and 3646 people being wounded. Thirty-five of those killed were Americans. These figures do not include the deaths in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, as they were considered combatants in a war.

The Center of Immigration Studies numbers Muslims in America at less then three million. Two million of those may be immigrants and not citizens. They also cite that some “Islamists arrive in the United States despising the country and all it represents, intending to make converts, exploit the freedoms and rights granted them, and build a movement that will effect basic changes in the country’s way of life and its government … Islamists do not accept the United States as it is but want to change it into a majority Muslim country where the Qur’an (Koran) replaces the Constitution.” (2)

Islam is not a “peaceful religion” as President Bush identified it in November 2002. Even the Muslim’s Qur’an instructs them to violently oppose the non-Muslims, as in Surah 4:76, “Those who believe, fight in the Cause of Allah, and those who disbelieve, fight in the cause of Taghut (Satan). So fight you against the friends of Shaitan (Satan); ever feeble indeed is the plot of Shaitan (Satan). Their forcible purpose is commanded in other places including: Surah 48:29 “… And those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves…” (3)

“Not every Muslim is violent,” is the argument. No, they may not be, but they would if they were obedient to their Qur’an. It is a potentially dangerous religion to our freedoms and to the freedoms of other countries.

We are at war with a religion. Our freedoms are being quickly eroded, and we are paying dearly for the dangers of Muslim beliefs.

Islam, throughout history has conquered by the sword, hates and kills those that are not Islamic, and is daily bringing bloodshed around the world.  We should not be honoring this religion in any way, including through the “Eid Stamp.”

Postmaster General John Potter can be contacted at pmgceo@email.usps.gov to voice your opinion.


(1) “Patterns of Global Terrorism – 2003”, June 22, 2004, http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/pgtrp/2003/33771.htm.

(2) “Muslim Immigrants in the United States,” by Daniel Pipes and Khalid Duran, August 2002, http://www.cis.org/articles/2002/back802.html.

(3) Translated by Dr. Muhammad Taqi-ud-Din Al-Hilali and Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan, The Noble Quran, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Darussalam Publishers and Distributors, 1996.


July 15, 2004

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