The Blaze did a piece on this last week, and Twitter folks have been making fun of it, but I just got mine in the mail yesterday, and I have to say it was still a little shocking to me. Sure, the USPS offers actual religious Christmas stamps, just like it offers Ramadan-themed stamps this time of year. That’s fine.
But this is, specifically, a USPS “Holiday Stamp” mailing for the purpose of alerting people to the fact that the Christmas stamps are in. There’s no shame in admitting that. In the USA, this is a season dominated by Christmas. It’s not even really a time “shared” by different religious faiths, since, for example, the Jewish Feast of Lights is only one of many Holy Days throughout the year. To imply that it’s the greatest feast, and cast it as an alternative to Christmas is actually insulting to some Jews. Do we get a Purim mailing from the USPS? Maybe we should? Likewise and similarly with Ramadan. Kwanzaa is a whole different animal, having been made up by a criminal as a fake alternative to Christmas, thereby insulting all devout black Christian Americans. But whatever. Include whatever you like, and don’t leave out the Pagan Winter Solstice and the Wiccan stuff and the Nazi Fatherland celebration and especially the “Most holy church of Barack the savior” (they have the cutest children’s choirs).
No, this USPS mailer is purposely and necessarily all about Christmas. So the irony is all the thicker that the Name, the One Name, in particular, cannot be mentioned on it.
But it’s even worse than that! There are no overt Christian symbols whatsoever! Not even a stylized cross image. Nothing. But a gingerbread house. Right alongside other overt religious symbols that are somehow ok. Yeah, that’s not stupid at all.