Stamp backlash worries Muslim

Less than three months ago, American Muslims celebrated the debut of a U.S. Postal Service stamp commemorating two Islamic holidays as the ultimate sign of acceptance in the United States. Now they're working to ensure that it doesn't become a symbol of rejection…

…Mekeel's and Stamps Magazine, a weekly philatelic newsletter, ran editorials this month and last month against using the Eid stamp, citing the terrorist attacks. The newsletter urged Muslims and others to instead support the United We Stand stamp, which depicts a U.S. flag. Last weekend, the Free Congress Foundation, a conservative policy group, asked Republican congressional leaders to retract the stamp… (Contact: Mekeel's, Box 5050, White Plains, NY 10602.)

"I am writing to suggest that the current stamps be withdrawn, to be overprinted with the image of the Twin Towers and then reissued," foundation President Paul M. Weyrich wrote in letters to House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), Majority Leader Richard K. Armey (R-Tex.) and Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.).

"I have no doubt a majority of Americans would find the altered stamps a more appropriate commemoration of Islam than the current celebratory version," he said…

...Postal officials said there has been no attempt to cut back on the stamp's distribution. "As far as we're concerned, it's going to stay on sale and should be in stock at post offices around the country," said Dave Failor, manager of community relations for the Postal Service…


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