Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The truth about latest e-Rumor about Muslim Stamp allegedly issued by U.S. Postal Service that ‘Commemorates a Muslim Holiday’
Christian website explains what this is all about and how they did not issue it
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
LAKE FOREST, CA (ANS) -- For those of you who have followed my writing over the years, will know that I keep hammering away about eRumors that are circulated by Christians without any checks being made about their truth, or not.
Some versions of this message list a number of terrorist events believed to have been carried out by Muslims and call out for a boycott of this particular postage stamp.
So, as I usually do, I turned to www.truthorfiction.com, a Christian Urban Legends site that was begun by the late broadcaster, Rich Buhler, and now run by Tony Ashlin, an astute investigator into these kind of messages.
Ashlin first of all says that it is true that “there are U.S. Postal Service (USPS) stamps commemorating the EID season during the Muslim period of fasting and prayer known as Ramadan. There are also customized stamps from other vendors that contain a USPS barcode for mail.”
Ashlin went on to say, “In late January 2010 rumors began to circulate that the U.S. Postal Service released a new version of a postage stamp commemorating the EID Muslim Holiday. In 2011 the USPS issued a new version of the stamp, which sparked another fury of emails to circulate the Internet.
“Each of the terrorist events has either been connected to or believed to be connected to Muslim terrorists, but the most common question we get is whether the postage stamp story is true.
“According to the United States Post Office website the stamp has had several issues in various denominations spanning from 34 cents in 2001 to 41 cents in 2007. The latest release was announced August 12, 2011 with a ‘Forever’ denomination, which means that its value will remain constant with any increases in first class postage.”
Then Ashlin goes on to debunk the latest message, which I just received as part of a mass e-mailing which reads: “WHAT IS THIS? FOREVER STAMPS COME OUT IN JANUARY - 46 CENTS BEGINNING 1/27/13. Don't buy this stamp! Keep reading under the picture of the stamp. You must pass this on!!!!
“46 cent Forever Stamp. Apparently they think that putting hearts and butterflies on the new stamp will make most people not realize that the rest is Arabic and probably not something we want to support. New Stamp - The second MUSLIM one!!!
“USPS New 46-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 46 Cent First Class Holiday Postage Stamp.
"REMEMBER adamantly and vocally BOYCOTT this stamp, If/when you purchase stamps at a post office, all you have to say is ‘No thank you, I do not want A Muslim Stamp on my letters! The Flag of the USA has always been my favorite.’
“Pass this along to every Patriotic American you know Get the word out! Honor the United States of America!
The main problem with this message is the stamp in question is a non-Government issue and not supplied at all by the United States Postal Service. Oops!
Ashlin says, “The postage stamp that is illustrated [in the message] was not issued by the USPS but by the www.Zazzle.com web site that sells custom made products, including postage stamps. The web site has a variety of EID stamps and also permits customers to upload personal photographs for custom apparel, mugs, postage stamps and gifts.” To see a selection of their stamps, just check out www.zazzle.com/forever+stamps
So, once again, if you receive this message, or a similar one, don’t just blindly forward it, but check it out by going to www.truthorfiction.com, and if you want to see the full explanation about this and other messages, go to: http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/e/eid.htm#.UP9IMyTTnIU
And, please, don’t ever just forward messages without looking into them. For it makes us look rather foolish when even part of it is not true!
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This story is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of the ASSIST News Service or ASSIST Ministries.