Post Office to reprint poster that excluded Eid stamp
“The U.S. Postal Service today is reproducing its Holiday Stamp promotional posters in local post offices in response to recent concerns raised by the American Muslim community.
“Due to an oversight, an image of the Eid stamp, which commemorates two important Islamic festivals, was left off the promotional posters.
“The Postal Service deeply regrets the oversight and is reprinting the holiday posters depicting the Eid stamp image in local post offices. Eid stamps will be available for sale at post offices nationwide this Holiday season. These historic stamps are featured prominently on the Postal Service's web site and are available for purchase online at the Postal Store www.usps.com, or by calling toll free 1-800 STAMP-24.”
Congressman says "arrest every Muslim that crosses the state line"
Rep. C. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), chairman of the House subcommittee on terrorism and homeland security and a candidate for the Senate, yesterday sought to play down remarks to Georgia law enforcement personnel suggesting they "just turn [the sheriff] loose and have him arrest every Muslim that crosses the state line."
In a letter to the Valdosta Daily Times, Chambliss contended that his comments were taken "out of context" and "should in no way be interpreted as my view of what should happen…If my remarks were offensive in any way, I apologize."
…Chambliss, according to sources in Valdosta, personally sought to persuade the reporter, Bill Roberts, to kill the story using his remarks, and asked the local sheriff to help block publication. An aide to Chambliss said he did not know what the congressman did in connection with the story.
Chambliss, in his letter to the Valdosta paper, said he agrees "wholeheartedly with remarks made by President Bush expressing the sentiment that this war is against terrorism -- not Muslims...I regret that any comments I made might have been misconstrued and misrepresented my true intentions and beliefs concerning this issue. Those of the Muslim faith or Arabic heritage are not our enemies. Terrorists are our enemy..."
Reach out to neighbors and co-workers during Eid ul-Fitr
As-salaamu alaykum (peace to you). As the blessed month of Ramadan moves to its end, we have an excellent opportunity to reach out to our neighbors and co-workers during Eid ul-Fitr.
FOR NEIGHBORS: Invite your neighbors on the day of Eid (or if not possible, the day after) for a light meal. The goal is to have an opportunity to build rapport with our neighbors through the sharing of food and a holiday. Alternatively, you can give some sweets, snacks and/or some other gift (Islamic decorations, books or other items) you believe reflect in some way our diverse Islamic culture. Coordinate with other Muslim families in your area.
FOR CO-WORKERS: As Eid will most likely fall on the weekend (December 15th or 16th), take some traditional sweets to work on the following Monday and put them on your desk for colleagues to sample. Let others in your office know about the availability of the sweets be e-mail. Once they come to your desk, be prepared to answer basic questions about the importance of Eid ul-Fitr and how it relates to Ramadan.
If you have Muslim co-workers, coordinate with them so that each of you takes care of a certain department or work group. The idea is to make the sharing personal, so it is best to limit efforts to a specific group and let your Muslim co-workers handle their own areas. If you want to announce something company-wide, get approval first.