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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Eid Mubarak to you too

A person I like forwarded the following on to me. Imagine HUGE FONTS! and PURPLE! GREEN! RED! lettering.


Subject: Unbelievable!!!

USPS New Stamp (ed. Well, no. It isn't. The stamp was first released in September 2001, then re-released -- and the price raised from 34c to 37c -- in October 2002.)

This one is impossible to believe. Scroll down for the text.
If there is only one thing you forward today.....let it be this!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of PanAm
Flight 103!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the World
Trade Center in 1993!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the Marine
barracks in Lebanon!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the military
barracks in Saudi Arabia!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the American
Embassies in Africa!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the USS COLE!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11/2001!

REMEMBER all the AMERICAN lives that were
lost in those vicious MUSLIM attacks!

Now the United States Postal Service REMEMBERS and HONORS the
EID MUSLIM holiday season with a commemorative first class
holiday postage stamp.

REMEMBER to adamantly and vocally BOYCOTT this stamp
when purchasing your stamps at the post office.
To use this stamp would be a slap in the face to all those
AMERICANS who died at the hands of those whom this stamp honors.

REMEMBER to pass this along to every patriotic AMERICAN you know.

As I said, I like the guy. He's my dad's age, maybe a bit older or a bit younger. Should I put up a fuss or should I let it slide, like I often let things slide when my dad says something I may not wholeheartedly agree with.

I stewed about it for a while, wondering whether I should reply at all and, if so, what I should say. I decided that if my dad had sent me something like this, I would've replied with a polite protest and given back my differing viewpoint. I couldn't let this abomination, for that's what I considered it, just pass by without comment.

Herewith my reply:

I buy the stamp and do not think it un-patriotic to do so. After all, President Bush sends official greetings from the White House to Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr and no one is doubting his patriotism or claiming that he's ignoring Americans who have died in terrorist attacks when he does so.



Too wimpy? Too snarky? Should I just have let the e-mail drop into that great bit bucket in the sky?

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