So, I try not to do this, but I did it. An persecuted Christian of FB posted the horrible truth that the US postal service made a Kwanzaa stamp, a Hannakah stamp, and ============== a gingerbread stamp. He is tired, oh so tired, of the government, and more specifically, the LEFT'S attack on Christmas.
So I went to the USPS website and found that there were 4 Christmas stamps, two of which were extremely religious. So he counters with---well what's wrong with the WORD Christmas. Why won't they use it (paraphrasing). Actually, I point out, Christmas is written on the two religious stamps. But then---WHY WASN'T ONE OF THE RELIGIOUS ONES ON THE POSTER? The USPS sent out a flyer type thing and didn't put a religious stamp on the poster.
Here is the discussion. I think I was pretty nice.
Susan HaywoodI looked at the USPS online store, and they are selling those three stamps above. BUT they are also selling a stamp named Virgin and Child by Jan Gossaert with a picture of a baby Jesus and Mary, AND they are selling a stamp called Holy Family with a s...See More
Greg MaschokOn second thought, I will let the post stand (along with your comments). The 'mailer' did not include the 'Christmas' stamps, although the website does offer them. Why couldn't the 'mailer' give 'Christmas' the same prominence as the other two religious holiday names? Even so, thank you for further informing me on this matter.
Susan HaywoodWell, here is what I think. They only have so much room. Christmas is both a secular and a religious holiday (It's secular to me). It's more complicated and prevalent. Perhaps that was a way of including as many people and views as possible? Anyway, i...See More
Susan HaywoodThey also have a poinsetta stamp, and while that is rather secular, it also is an American symbol of Christmas and I think that's what it brings to everyone's mind. So that's 4 stamps for the prevalent holiday.
Susan HaywoodAnd think about this angle. Christmas actually needs no identifier. We see the images, we know. Right? Sometimes, the lack of need for introduction speaks louder than an introduction. It is so ingrained in our culture, that we just know. Would a picture of Jesus need a tag line? Can you take comfort in that knowledge that it isn't even necessary?
Susan HaywoodAnd further, being inclusive of others is not persecuting you. It's simply being inclusive of others too. Simply acknowledging that there are non-Christians in our wonderful and diverse country is not an attack. It's a celebration of our wonderfulness and the specialness that is America.
Susan HaywoodAnd the thing that perplexes me, if I may say, is this readiness to take offense and get angry works against the spirit of all three holidays. This is a time when many people should be drawn together by similar feelings, even if understandings are diff...See More
Susan HaywoodOkay, Greg. Christians still have the power here. I should know, since I'm in a less powerful group. What I find is any attempt to include me in the American story (secular) is met with hostility. I can assure you that Christmas and Christianity are not going anywhere---but there are others. Sometimes, perhaps during a time when we should feel united like during winter holidays, we get included.
Susan HaywoodOkay. So the fighting goes on. I know my bible very well. I still can't see Jesus doing any of this. All the sacrifice and teaching recorded, and it comes down to things like stamps and happy holidays. The gnats. Perhaps that is why he did not mix the political and the spiritual---hiding when they came to make him king---because this could be forseen.
Greg MaschokSmall things DO matter and should not be dismissed or ignored: Matthew 13:31-32 He told them another parable; “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.
Susan HaywoodOkay. You are being persecuted and disenfranchised. It is death by a thousand cuts. The smallest slight, or more likely simply unintentional whatever is of the utmost importance. Nothing can be overlooked or gracefully accepted as just life, judgement,...See More
As human beings, living in this so-called free and secular nation, we have the ability and the right to question, examine and dissect all things religious, all things political, all things philosophical, all things cultural, even all things scientific.
Any attempts to silence freethought will only make us think louder!