New 2016 U.S. Postal Stamps Include Islamic Holiday Stamp

stamp-compressedWASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service has provided a preview of its new stamp designs for 2016, which include a stamp commemorating the Islamic holidays Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

While Islamic holiday stamps are not new, being first released in 2001, the design for the 2016 stamp is among those revamped for the new year.

“Featuring a design that evokes centuries of tradition, this stamp commemorates the two most important festivals—or eids—in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha,” the Postal Service outlines in a news release outlining all of its new stamps.

The purple stamp features gold calligraphy done by Mohamed Zakaria of Arlington, Virginia, and reads, “Eidukum mumbarak, pr “May your Eid be bountiful.”

Eid al-Fitr is a an Islamic holiday marking the end of Ramadan where Muslims give food donations to the poor and attend prayer services, where they recite various takbir, such as “Allah is great. There is no god but Allah.”

“On this day Muslims show their real joy for the health, strength and the opportunities of life, which Allah has given to them to fulfill their obligation of fasting and other good deeds during the blessed month of Ramadan,” the site IslamicCity outlines.

Ed al-Adha celebrates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael, and marks the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. (Muslims believe Abraham was asked to sacrifice Ishmael, while Christians and Jews believe it was Isaac who was placed on the altar, according to the Scriptures.)

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“Eid al-Adha follows from the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, in which Muslims are required to make at least once in their lives,” the site TimeandDate outlines. “Eid al-Adha is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice because it traditionally includes the sacrifice of an animal permitted for food (e.g. a lamb) as an act of thanksgiving … Some Muslims seek out a farm where they can carry out the sacrifice, but many also send money to their native lands to help fund a sacrifice.”

Other stamps released for 2016 celebrate Kwanzaa, the Chinese Year of the Monkey and the 1766 repeal of the Stamp Act. A black heritage stamp also features historic preacher Richard Allen, marking the 200th anniversary of Allen’s founding of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.

General stamps include botanical art, pets, planets, soda fountain art and antique pickup trucks, in addition to the regular flag stamp.


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  • SouthernLadyNC

    That would be all well and good except for two things. God and Allah are not the same entity. This is a Christian nation; not Muslim. Obama’s directives supporting his Islamic roots are an abomination, and I hope they are all totally eradicated when the new president takes office next year.

    • Cady555

      “While Islamic holiday stamps are not new, being first released in 2001…”

      Last I checked, a Republican was in office in 2001. And he was not named Obama. There is nothing wrong with the post office offering stamps that appeal to different groups as long they don’t promote one religion only.

    • The Skeptical Chymist

      The U.S. is only a Christian nation in the sense that most of its citizens are Christians, and throughout its history, this has been the case. The Constitution, our governing document, makes it clear that there will be no official role of religion in our government. It established the government of the United States as a secular entity and established the separation of church and state. The Muslims have just as much of a right to a stamp celebrating their heritage as do the Christians, the Buddhists, the Hindus, etc. If you don’t like that stamp, buy a different one. This is not the default stamp – merely one choice among many.

      • SouthernLadyNC

        WRONG – the specific language in the Constitution made it crystal clear that there shall be no government religion imposed on US citizens. They came here to begin with to escape religious persecution by their governments. It had nothing to do with keeping Christianity out of our government. As a matter of fact, the first thing Congress did was establish the post of Chaplain. You don’t do that if you want to keep religion OUT of your government. The first book selected to be printed by the Government Printing Office was the Holy Bible which Congress directed be used to teach our public school children how to read and write. You need to go study our true history; not this garbage the left-wing progressives have been feeding our children for the last 60+ years. The erroneous concept of the “separation of church and state” was an edict of Justice Hugo Black in 1948, and Christians failed in their duty to challenge him on it then, with the horrendous results we’re left with in today’s lawless society.

        • The Skeptical Chymist

          Sorry, the separation of church and state is implied by the first amendment, and was intended by the author of the constitution, James Madison. He didn’t even want to authorize the government to pay the salaries of chaplains in the military, because that would be government support of religion.

          The separation of church and state is just as much implied by the first amendment as the separation of powers is implied by the rest of the constitution. The fact that neither phrase (separation of church and state or separation of powers) appears in the constitution is irrelevant.

          Many of the original settlers came here to escape religious persecution, that is true. However, the Puritans immediately set up religious persecution within their community. There was no great movement for religious freedom until Roger Williams left Massachusetts to set up a colony dedicated to true religious freedom, Rhode Island.

          We could argue about this a great deal, but I have no desire to continue the conversation. We disagree on this issue, and that’s that. I’m glad that the Supreme Court has recognized that the government should not be used to promote one religion over another. This is becoming especially important now, as the country becomes religiously more diverse. Among other things, it means that it would be wrong for the government to issue only Islamic stamps and not also offer other alternatives (like Christmas stamps, Hanukkah stamps, etc.)

          • afchief

            You are QUITE WRONG!!!!

            The Separation of Church and State

            David Barton – 01/2001

            In 1947, in the case Everson v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court declared, “The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach.” The “separation of church and state” phrase which they invoked, and which has today become so familiar, was taken from an exchange of letters between President Thomas Jefferson and the Baptist Association of Danbury, Connecticut, shortly after Jefferson became President.

            The election of Jefferson – America’s first Anti-Federalist President – elated many Baptists since that denomination, by-and-large, was also strongly Anti-Federalist. This political disposition of the Baptists was understandable, for from the early settlement of Rhode Island in the 1630s to the time of the federal Constitution in the 1780s, the Baptists had often found themselves suffering from the centralization of power.

            Consequently, now having a President who not only had championed the rights of Baptists in Virginia but who also had advocated clear limits on the centralization of government powers, the Danbury Baptists wrote Jefferson a letter of praise on October 7, 1801, telling him:

            Among the many millions in America and Europe who rejoice in your election to office, we embrace the first opportunity . . . to express our great satisfaction in your appointment to the Chief Magistracy in the United States. . . . [W]e have reason to believe that America’s God has raised you up to fill the Chair of State out of that goodwill which He bears to the millions which you preside over. May God strengthen you for the arduous task which providence and the voice of the people have called you. . . . And may the Lord preserve you safe from every evil and bring you at last to his Heavenly Kingdom through Jesus Christ our Glorious Mediator. [1]

            However, in that same letter of congratulations, the Baptists also expressed to Jefferson their grave concern over the entire concept of the First Amendment, including of its guarantee for “the free exercise of religion”:

            Our sentiments are uniformly on the side of religious liberty: that religion is at all times and places a matter between God and individuals, that no man ought to suffer in name, person, or effects on account of his religious opinions, [and] that the legitimate power of civil government extends no further than to punish the man who works ill to his neighbor. But sir, our constitution of government is not specific. . . . [T]herefore what religious privileges we enjoy (as a minor part of the State) we enjoy as favors granted, and not as inalienable rights. [2]

            In short, the inclusion of protection for the “free exercise of religion” in the constitution suggested to the Danbury Baptists that the right of religious expression was government-given (thus alienable) rather than God-given (hence inalienable), and that therefore the government might someday attempt to regulate religious expression. This was a possibility to which they strenuously objected-unless, as they had explained, someone’s religious practice caused him to “work ill to his neighbor.”

            Jefferson understood their concern; it was also his own. In fact, he made numerous declarations about the constitutional inability of the federal government to regulate, restrict, or interfere with religious expression. For example:

            [N]o power over the freedom of religion . . . [is] delegated to the United States by the Constitution. Kentucky Resolution, 1798 [3]

            In matters of religion, I have considered that its free exercise is placed by the Constitution independent of the powers of the general [federal] government. Second Inaugural Address, 1805 [4]

            [O]ur excellent Constitution . . . has not placed our religious rights under the power of any public functionary. Letter to the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1808 [5]

            I consider the government of the United States as interdicted [prohibited] by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions . . . or exercises. Letter to Samuel Millar, 1808 [6]

            Jefferson believed that the government was to be powerless to interfere with religious expressions for a very simple reason: he had long witnessed the unhealthy tendency of government to encroach upon the free exercise of religion. As he explained to Noah Webster:

            It had become an universal and almost uncontroverted position in the several States that the purposes of society do not require a surrender of all our rights to our ordinary governors . . . and which experience has nevertheless proved they [the government] will be constantly encroaching on if submitted to them; that there are also certain fences which experience has proved peculiarly efficacious [effective] against wrong and rarely obstructive of right, which yet the governing powers have ever shown a disposition to weaken and remove. Of the first kind, for instance, is freedom of religion. [7]

            Thomas Jefferson had no intention of allowing the government to limit, restrict, regulate, or interfere with public religious practices. He believed, along with the other Founders, that the First Amendment had been enacted only to prevent the federal establishment of a national denomination – a fact he made clear in a letter to fellow-signer of the Declaration of Independence Benjamin Rush:

            [T]he clause of the Constitution which, while it secured the freedom of the press, covered also the freedom of religion, had given to the clergy a very favorite hope of obtaining an establishment of a particular form of Christianity through the United States; and as every sect believes its own form the true one, every one perhaps hoped for his own, but especially the Episcopalians and Congregationalists. The returning good sense of our country threatens abortion to their hopes and they believe that any portion of power confided to me will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly. [8]

            Jefferson had committed himself as President to pursuing the purpose of the First Amendment: preventing the “establishment of a particular form of Christianity” by the Episcopalians, Congregationalists, or any other denomination.

            Since this was Jefferson’s view concerning religious expression, in his short and polite reply to the Danbury Baptists on January 1, 1802, he assured them that they need not fear; that the free exercise of religion would never be interfered with by the federal government. As he explained:

            Gentlemen, – The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me on behalf of the Danbury Baptist Association give me the highest satisfaction. . . . Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship; that the legislative powers of government reach actions only and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties. I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and Creator of man, and tender you for yourselves and your religious association assurances of my high respect and esteem. [9]

            Jefferson’s reference to “natural rights” invoked an important legal phrase which was part of the rhetoric of that day and which reaffirmed his belief that religious liberties were inalienable rights. While the phrase “natural rights” communicated much to people then, to most citizens today those words mean little.

            By definition, “natural rights” included “that which the Books of the Law and the Gospel do contain.” [10] That is, “natural rights” incorporated what God Himself had guaranteed to man in the Scriptures. Thus, when Jefferson assured the Baptists that by following their “natural rights” they would violate no social duty, he was affirming to them that the free exercise of religion was their inalienable God-given right and therefore was protected from federal regulation or interference.

            So clearly did Jefferson understand the Source of America’s inalienable rights that he even doubted whether America could survive if we ever lost that knowledge. He queried:

            And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have lost the only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? [11]

            Jefferson believed that God, not government, was the Author and Source of our rights and that the government, therefore, was to be prevented from interference with those rights. Very simply, the “fence” of the Webster letter and the “wall” of the Danbury letter were not to limit religious activities in public; rather they were to limit the power of the government to prohibit or interfere with those expressions.

            Earlier courts long understood Jefferson’s intent. In fact, when Jefferson’s letter was invoked by the Supreme Court (only twice prior to the 1947 Everson case – the Reynolds v. United States case in 1878), unlike today’s Courts which publish only his eight-word separation phrase, that earlier Court published Jefferson’s entire letter and then concluded:

            Coming as this does from an acknowledged leader of the advocates of the measure, it [Jefferson’s letter] may be accepted almost as an authoritative declaration of the scope and effect of the Amendment thus secured. Congress was deprived of all legislative power over mere [religious] opinion, but was left free to reach actions which were in violation of social duties or subversive of good order. (emphasis added) [12]

            That Court then succinctly summarized Jefferson’s intent for “separation of church and state”:

            [T]he rightful purposes of civil government are for its officers to interfere when principles break out into overt acts against peace and good order. In th[is] . . . is found the true distinction between what properly belongs to the church and what to the State. [13]

            With this even the Baptists had agreed; for while wanting to see the government prohibited from interfering with or limiting religious activities, they also had declared it a legitimate function of government “to punish the man who works ill to his neighbor.”

            That Court, therefore, and others (for example, Commonwealth v. Nesbit and Lindenmuller v. The People), identified actions into which – if perpetrated in the name of religion – the government did have legitimate reason to intrude. Those activities included human sacrifice, polygamy, bigamy, concubinage, incest, infanticide, parricide, advocation and promotion of immorality, etc.

            Such acts, even if perpetrated in the name of religion, would be stopped by the government since, as the Court had explained, they were “subversive of good order” and were “overt acts against peace.” However, the government was never to interfere with traditional religious practices outlined in “the Books of the Law and the Gospel” – whether public prayer, the use of the Scriptures, public acknowledgements of God, etc.

            Therefore, if Jefferson’s letter is to be used today, let its context be clearly given – as in previous years. Furthermore, earlier Courts had always viewed Jefferson’s Danbury letter for just what it was: a personal, private letter to a specific group. There is probably no other instance in America’s history where words spoken by a single individual in a private letter – words clearly divorced from their context – have become the sole authorization for a national policy. Finally, Jefferson’s Danbury letter should never be invoked as a stand-alone document. A proper analysis of Jefferson’s views must include his numerous other statements on the First Amendment.

            For example, in addition to his other statements previously noted, Jefferson also declared that the “power to prescribe any religious exercise. . . . must rest with the States” (emphasis added). Nevertheless, the federal courts ignore this succinct declaration and choose rather to misuse his separation phrase to strike down scores of State laws which encourage or facilitate public religious expressions. Such rulings against State laws are a direct violation of the words and intent of the very one from whom the courts claim to derive their policy.

            One further note should be made about the now infamous “separation” dogma. The Congressional Records from June 7 to September 25, 1789, record the months of discussions and debates of the ninety Founding Fathers who framed the First Amendment. Significantly, not only was Thomas Jefferson not one of those ninety who framed the First Amendment, but also, during those debates not one of those ninety Framers ever mentioned the phrase “separation of church and state.” It seems logical that if this had been the intent for the First Amendment – as is so frequently asserted-then at least one of those ninety who framed the Amendment would have mentioned that phrase; none did.

            In summary, the “separation” phrase so frequently invoked today was rarely mentioned by any of the Founders; and even Jefferson’s explanation of his phrase is diametrically opposed to the manner in which courts apply it today. “Separation of church and state” currently means almost exactly the opposite of what it originally meant.

            Endnotes

            1. Letter of October 7, 1801, from Danbury (CT) Baptist Association to Thomas Jefferson, from the Thomas Jefferson Papers Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D. C. (Return)

            2. Id. (Return)

            3. The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, John P. Foley, editor (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1900), p. 977; see also Documents of American History, Henry S. Cummager, editor (NY: Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc., 1948), p. 179. (Return)

            4. Annals of the Congress of the United States (Washington: Gales and Seaton, 1852, Eighth Congress, Second Session, p. 78, March 4, 1805; see also James D. Richardson, A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1897 (Published by Authority of Congress, 1899), Vol. I, p. 379, March 4, 1805. (Return)

            5. Thomas Jefferson, Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Albert Ellery Bergh, editor (Washington D. C.: The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904), Vol. I, p. 379, March 4, 1805. (Return)

            6. Thomas Jefferson, Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, From the Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph, editor (Boston: Gray and Bowen, 1830), Vol. IV, pp. 103-104, to the Rev. Samuel Millar on January 23, 1808. (Return)

            7. Jefferson, Writings, Vol. VIII, p. 112-113, to Noah Webster on December 4, 1790. (Return)

            8. Jefferson, Writings, Vol. III, p. 441, to Benjamin Rush on September 23, 1800. (Return)

            9. Jefferson, Writings, Vol. XVI, pp. 281-282, to the Danbury Baptist Association on January 1, 1802. (Return)

            10. Richard Hooker, The Works of Richard Hooker (Oxford: University Press, 1845), Vol. I, p. 207. (Return)

            11. Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (Philadelphia: Matthew Carey, 1794), Query XVIII, p. 237. (Return)

            12. Reynolds v. U. S., 98 U. S. 145, 164 (1878). (Return)

            13. Reynolds at 163. (Return)

          • acontraryview

            Are you referring the David Barton whose book was discarded for being factually inaccurate? The David Barton whose book was so factually inaccurate that the Christian publisher pulled book? That David Barton?

            “Citing a loss of confidence in the book’s details, Christian publisher Thomas Nelson is ending the publication and distribution of the bestseller, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson.

            The publishing company says it’s ceasing publication because it found that “basic truths just were not there.””

          • afchief

            Nearly everything the Left and homosexuals claims to believe is a lie. You are proof!!!! I have yet to figure out if they actually believe their lies or if they are simply passing on what their father tells them. Remember, the Devil doesn’t just tell lies…his very nature is to lie. Satan is the originator; the father of lies. He is incapable of speaking the Truth.

            And that is what his children (you) do. They lie. They act just like their daddy.

            You are a typical hisser…an expert hisser. Hissing is hypnotic. It often soothes the troubled soul by justifying a deeply held aversion to sin (in your case homosexuality). The Bible calls it ‘the conscience.’ An expert hisser silences the still small voice inside each of our hearts.

            Yes, you belong to the lying crowd of liberals and homosexuals!!!!!

            If you like your Doctor, you can keep your doctor. It’s simply a blob of tissue., How does my marriage affect your marriage? What difference, at this point, does it make? If it feels good do it. Abortion is healthcare. War on women. Common core. Vaccinations are safe. Planned Parenthood performs mammograms. Graphic abortion images do not work. Islam is a religion of peace. The Pope is infallible. Jews are the most persecuted people on the earth. I was born gay. Bruce Jenner is a woman. Obama is a Christian. We can tax ourselves into prosperity. We can borrow our way out of debt. Christians should not judge. The Supreme Court makes laws. Hillary is honest. Fox News is fair and balanced. Homosexuality is normal and natural. You can’t legislate morality. The economy is booming. Unemployment is down. Christians and Muslims serve the same God. Guns are responsible for the violence in America. Male on male anal sex is safer than smoking. Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry are good Catholics. People hate Obama only because he’s black. Democrats are looking out for the black man. The economy has turned the corner. Your pension is safe. Black lives matter…OJ Simpson is innocent…

            Hissss…

          • acontraryview

            Again with the accusations that I have lied, yet you provide no proof that I have lied. Your bearing of false witness does not bode well for you based upon your religious beliefs.

          • afchief

            Every liberal, homosexual and atheist that I have come across on these boards has lied about David Barton who is a Christian man. A man who backs up EVERYTHING with sources. This is so typical from people like you who do NOT want to hear the truth, but remain in lies. It is sooooo obvious!!!

          • acontraryview

            What lie did I tell regarding David Barton?

            “A man who backs up EVERYTHING with sources.”

            If everything in Barton’s book was true, why did the Christian publishing company make the statement they made and why did they pull the book?

          • afchief

            Everything you post is a lie!!! Go read here and educate yourself!!!

            http://www.wallbuilders. com/downloads/newsletter/DefendingTheJeffersonLiesDavidBartonRespondstohisConservativeCritics.pdf

          • acontraryview

            So history scholars from around the country, including Christian scholars DIDN’T point out the fallacies in Barton’s book?

            So the publisher didn’t pull the book?

            Those were the two things I said. Which one is a lie?

          • afchief

            Did you have all the facts? NO!!! You make it look like the man is a fraud just like other lying liberals and homosexuals. It is in your nature!!!

            Yes, you are a liar!!!!

          • acontraryview

            So you can’t cite anything I said that was a lie, and you are continuing to bear false witness. Got it. Thanks.

            What “facts” am i missing?

          • afchief

            Bye! I tire rather easily nowadays dealing with lying reprobate minds!!!!

          • acontraryview

            Well since you haven’t been able to point out what I have lied about, yet you continue to accuse me of lying, you are the one who is lying. Therefore, you are saying that you tire of dealing with yourself. No surprise there. It must be tiring continually accusing others of lying but unable to provide proof.

        • mantis

          the courts say you’re wrong now shut and piss off.

          • SouthernLadyNC

            tut tut tut. What’s wrong little boy? Things not going your way today? Your third-grade schoolyard language is atrocious. (kiss, kiss)

          • mantis

            I proved you wrong now piss off you pathetic cultist

          • SouthernLadyNC

            No, dear, you did not prove me wrong. I’ve read the books written by those who were there in the 1700s and 1800s. You just regurgitated what your progressive, communist teachers drummed into your pathetic, uneducated brain. Bug off little boy.

          • mantis

            and i’ve read the court cases and they hold more authority

          • SouthernLadyNC

            Unfortunately, the liberal-progressive court does hold more authority right now. Just wait though until the silent majority arises again and Christians are appointed to all the positions on the court once more… That time is closer than you may think.

          • mantis

            there is no silent majority, just a very whiny minority if cultists

          • SouthernLadyNC

            Nope, wrong again Shylock. The whiny minority is you left wing cretins who think everything revolves around what YOU want instead of the principles this country was built upon. It’s past your bedtime now, Sweetpea. Goodnight.

          • mantis

            that would be you, you think your religion is superior and that we all must follow its standards and you whine when told to sit down and shut up . you are the minority and you are shrinking by the day

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            Just so you know, Mantis got caught dropping the f-bomb and directing the “c-word” at pro-life women on Live Action News. So, it looks like his / her behavior has improved. 🙂

          • Allan Trenholme

            Seriously, just what did you and others expect to see in the comments section ON A CHRISTIAN SITE? Ok, you call us a cult then why are you always visiting our sites where we also have rights to free speech, free opinion and free will or is your real goal to take away these/our equal rights as Canadians and Americans? You disagree with us, fine, but you are taking it far beyond disagreement… of course I am not shocked at all this, even Jesus and the Disciples/Apostles were hated and even killed in their day for what they believed in. It’s ironic that all I hear is bigotry and hate coming from unbelievers towards Christians on Christian sites like this and yet we are the so called bigots and haters.
            Remember, this is a CHRISTIAN site – if you hate us so much why are you here???

          • mantis

            I already told you why

        • mantis

          just because society doesn’t follow your cults false belifs doesn’t make it lawless.

        • Cady555

          Check the facts on the supposed Congress approved bible. A colonial printer over extended and printed more copies than he could sell. He worked for years to get congress to buy the books and bail him out. After years, the best he got was a congressional resolution complimenting accurate printing skills. The statement about teaching children came from one of the printer’s many letters, not from Congress. Congress never ordered or purchased the books.

        • acontraryview

          “the specific language in the Constitution made it crystal clear that there shall be no government religion imposed on US citizens”

          Which means the US is not a Christian Nation.

    • mantis

      1. yes they are.

      2. we are a secular nation and as such we have no reasio not to only honor Christan holidays.

      3. obama isn’t a Muslim and has no control over what stamps the post office uses.

      • SouthernLadyNC

        WRONG – on all three points.

        • mantis

          prove it then

          • SouthernLadyNC

            There is only one, TRUE God. The teachings of allah to Mohammad are all about conquering the world and killing anyone who will not convert to Islam. Satan has to have an evil alternative to anything good God does … anything that will keep humans from being able to interact with the Holy Trinity and accepting Jesus’ sacrifice as propitiation for their sins … allah is satan’s minion and therefore not God. The USA was never intended to be a secular nation. The specific language in the Constitution made it crystal clear that there was to be no government religion imposed on US citizens. They came here to begin with to escape religious persecution by their governments. It had nothing to do with keeping Christianity out of our government. As a matter of fact, the first thing Congress did was establish the post of Chaplain. You don’t do that if you want to keep religion OUT of your government. The first book selected to be printed by the Government Printing Office was the Holy Bible which Congress directed be used to teach our public school children how to read and write. You need to go study our true history; not this garbage the left-wing progressives have been feeding our children for the last 60+ years. The erroneous concept of the “separation of church and state” and a secular government was an edict of Justice Hugo Black in 1948, and Christians failed in their duty to challenge him on it then, with the horrendous results we’re left with in today’s lawless society. Obama was raised a moslum [sic], he knows everything about it and tries to honor it in every way he can, and his minions in all areas of the government do as he and Valarie Jarrett direct, including the USPS.

          • mantis

            you’re a idiot.

            1. allah is the same god as the one of in Christianity and they’re both the same as the one in Judaism.

            2. the Constitution is a secular document and this is a secular nation and separation of church and state has been upheld by the courts

            3 obama was not raised a Muslim and has no nothing significant to honor Islam beyond paying it the same respect every religion gets.

            now shut up and F UCK off you pathetic cultist

          • SouthernLadyNC

            When all else fails, insult the person who is right huh mantis? You are still wrong on all counts. I will not respond to your foul language in kind. I’m sorry you are such a small-minded bump on a log.

          • mantis

            I proved you wrong now piss off you pathetic cultist

          • SouthernLadyNC

            No, little man. You just proved how infantile you are.

          • mantis

            I proved you wrong now piss off you pathetic cultistm,

          • John_33

            They aren’t the same God since they teach different things. One teaches that the Jewish people will be saved at the end. The other one teaches to kill the Jewish people at the end of the world. One teaches that He has a Son. The other one teaches that he doesn’t have a son. If Islam really had the same God, then it wouldn’t oppose what the Bible teaches.

          • mantis

            Islam , Christianity and Judaism are all different interpretations of the same god you idiot

          • Dynamo

            B.S.
            .
            But keep trying, Zippy !

          • mantis

            piss off stalker

          • Dynamo

            You still mad, Bro ?
            .
            BWAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHÄ…..
            .

          • mantis

            piss off stalker

          • John_33

            Of course it’s not. The islamic god is completely different than the God of the Bible with different rules, followers, laws, and end results. It’s like saying a fish god is a different interpretation of a sun god because they both have the word “god” in it. They are two entirely different entities.

          • mantis

            only if you base your views on bigoted website and are so stupid you should be sterilized for the good of humanity now F UCK off

          • Dynamo

            Off your meds again, Zippy. ?

          • Dynamo

            Barry Barrack HUSSEIN Obama Soetoro ……
            .
            You lose again, Zippy !

          • mantis

            and what does his middle name prove you dumb stalker?

    • FoJC_Forever

      A Christian nation would not have abortion legalized. A Christian nation would never have had slavery legalized. America is a democratic republic, certainly with strong religious practices and believes, but nothing more than that. The Christian Nation is comprised of all those who know, love, and follow Jesus (the) Christ.

      Follow Jesus, find Wisdom.

      • afchief

        We cannot fight the REAL enemy because there is no unity within the denominational morass that passes as Christianity. Every vestige of Western Civilization is crumbling as God’s team remains on the sidelines…arguing over doctrine. Christians are simply watching the cultural war from the comfort and security of their living rooms. It has never dawned on them that, as Jude told us, we are to “earnestly contend for the faith.” And as Jesus told us, we are to be “salt and light”.

        • FoJC_Forever

          Jude wasn’t talking about a “culture war”. That term was coined by religious people to divert people away from following Jesus (the) Christ. Instead, it pushes people to focus on fighting with sinners.

          We aren’t to compromise Faith, but the “winning” isn’t getting people to submit to religious leadership and the multitudes of false doctrines claiming fealty to Jesus. Those who are entrenched in their Sin have already lost.

          Those who live by Faith each day have already won.

          Follow Jesus, find Truth.

          • afchief

            We Christians though not of this world are to be “salt and light” in our communities and elsewhere. Since God’s morality is ultimate and universal, society benefits from the Christian’s participation in the public square. That is, society benefits when biblical truth is reflected in law. Christians should be involved in all aspects of society, including law, art, music, economics, science, etc.

            We have let the satan take over these areas as we sit in the comforts of our churches and homes. We have become “Laodicea”

          • FoJC_Forever

            Keep bashing and scolding. You are working in part and parcel with those who are twisting the Word of God for their own purposes.

          • afchief

            Really? What does “salt and light” mean to you?

          • FoJC_Forever

            You are attacking whom you are calling Christians. You claim it’s the Church not doing what we are supposed to be doing. Who are you to judge the Church? Now, if you’re talking about fake Christians, those who live under the false pretense of being saved, then, yeah, they are just going along with the world, but that’s because they are part of the world.

            Satan, the word, means ‘accuser of the Brethren’. Beware you’re not merely uttering his words against the followers of Jesus (the) Christ, the Church, the Body of Christ.

          • afchief

            You betcha ya I’m going after the church (and yes I’m a born again believer of 33 years). Because of the church we have an evil man in office destroying our country. Because of the church we have open homosexuality. Because of the church we have lost the culture war. Look at abortion. Over 55 million babies killed and what are we doing about it. NOTHING!!!! Pastors are doing NOTHING!!!

            Most of the American church has chosen to hide and wait. But part of me causes me to follow the command of my Father to “Occupy until I return.” Our choices today seem to be fight or flight. Occupy is an action verb.

            Like it or not God has armed forces and “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.” Spiritually-armed, masculine Christians fight a natural war with “spiritual weaponry.”

            But we Christians have bought a lie. We have swallowed the bait that Christians are not supposed to be aggressive…forceful…warriors. The idea that we are in the world, but we are not OF the world doesn’t mean we are not to fight. Christians are instructed to bring spiritual weapons to the battle. Spiritual weapons can be violent…they tear down, penetrates, uproot. Those are aggressive, war-like words.

            Christians are losing the culture war. Every institution in America is now under the control of those who hate God. Our public schools, government, universities, entertainment, legal, media, political parties, and churches are under the control of the kingdom of darkness.

            How has this happened? The kingdom of darkness does its work in the dark. They have seized every one of our institutions without firing a shot. They have used their weapons of lies and deceit to violate and destroy all that is good. They have invaded every Godly institution, bombarded us with lies, and stolen the future of our children and grandchildren.

            They have been militant. As a result we have been violated. They have taken from our children what was rightfully theirs. The Kingdom of God has suffered violence. It is time to drop the sissified Gospel and reinvigorate the masculine side of our faith.

            Let’s face it. There is absolutely no institution in modern America that Christianity has controlling influence over.

            They slaughter unborn babies and force us to pay for it. They sell their little body-parts for personal gain. The command you to bake homo-cakes and demand you violate your conscience.

            American Christianity will lead you to Heaven while it let’s the world go to hell.

            It is time we fight back and expose the hypocrisy!!!!

          • FoJC_Forever

            The Body of Christ isn’t to blame for the sins of society. Those committing the sins are responsible. You’re just another voice of the Accuser.

          • afchief

            Are you out being “salt and light” in your community? Did you try a stop our education system from being taken over by godless socialists? Why have we let our media be taken over by lying godless socialists? Why have we let our government be taken over by godless socialists?

            We have failed as Christians to be “salt and light” in America!!! We have become Laodicea.

            It is OUR fault!!!

          • FoJC_Forever

            Maybe it’s your fault, with that I would agree. However, it’s not my fault, nor the fault of any other follower of Jesus. We are following the LORD and being changed by Him so that we may be able enter into His Eternal Kingdom. You seem to be obsessed with fighting over that which will be destroyed.

            You carry your own guilt. I don’t carry your guilt, nor do my brethren.

            Follow Jesus, find Truth.

          • afchief

            It is ALL of our’s fault!!! We have it backwards here in America. Proverbs 28:1 tells us that “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” The unrighteous tongues are fearless in their wagging and it is the righteous that are shrinking from the responsibility of being salt and light to a confounded, confused, and deluded world.

            It’s time for more of us to open our mouths…while there is still time. I hear from them all of the time; men and women who moan and groan about the condition of things in the world but never really do anything but moan and groan. It reminds me of the Scripture “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29:2)

            There sure seems to be a lot of mourning going on today. People often fail to do the RIGHT thing because no one ever points out the WRONG thing. Political correctness has banished the Truth into the closet where its light is trapped. Jesus labeled us “salt and light” to the world. In fact, He instructed us to let our light so shine BEFORE men that they will see our good works…

    • acontraryview

      “This is a Christian nation”

      The US is not a Christian nation. If the US were a Christian nation then all of our laws would be based upon Christian teaching. Our Constitution provides protections that directly conflict with 7 of the 10 Commandments. So, clearly, the US is not a Christian nation. Rather, we are a nation where a majority of citizens identify as being members of the Christian faith.

      The Treaty of Tripoli as signed by President Adams and approved by unanimous vote by Congress is 1797. Article 11 of the Treaty reads in part:

      “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion;”

  • Coeurmaeghan

    Kwanzaa??? Really? A made up holiday gets its own stamp? What a country(with apologies to Yakof Smirnoff).
    Coeurmaeghan in Twentynine Palms, CA

    • The Skeptical Chymist

      Name one holiday that was not made up.

      • l penn

        well they weren’t made up by the SOCIALISTS, like that one!!

        • mantis

          except for Christmas and Easter.

          • The Skeptical Chymist

            Hee hee hee!

          • BarkingDawg

            Ah, the pagan holidays.

          • mantis

            the best ones are

    • acontraryview

      Christmas??? Really? A holiday made up by the Romans after they declared Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire.

  • Kingdom Ambassador

    What d’ya bet they had such a stamp in 17th-century Colonial America? NOT!

    CLUE: There were no openly practicing Muslims, no Mosques, no Sharia, no Muslim Holiday stamps, and no Islamic terrorism in 17th-century Christian America whose governments of, by, and for God were based upon His unchanging moral law, beginning with the First Commandment.

    Consequently, there has to be a defining moment in America’s Christian character and biblical course was formally altered. That point was in 1787 when the late 18th-century founders replaced the 17th-century Colonial governments for their own humanistic government of, by, and for the people based upon capricious man-made Enlightenment and Masonic concepts and in 1789 when they replaced the First Commandment for the First Amendment.

    For more, Google online Chapter 11 “Amendment 1: Government-Sanctioned Polytheism” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.”

    Then find out how much you REALLY know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar and receive a complimentary copy of a book that EXAMINES the Constitution by the Bible.

    • acontraryview

      “What d’ya bet they had such a stamp in 17th-century Colonial America? NOT!”

      What d’ya bet they had any stamps in 17th-century Colonia America? NOT!

      The first postage stamp in the US was printed in 1847.

      I know that the Constitution provides protections that are in direct conflict with 7 of the 10 commandments, making it clear that our Constitution, and thus our nation, are not based upon the Christian belief system.

      • Kingdom Ambassador

        Thank you for responding. No offense intended but your first three paragraphs are a classic case of straining at gnats while swallowing camels.

        The Constitution violates much more than Commandments 1 and 7. Google free online book “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective,” in which every Article and Amendment is examined by the Bible.

        If you take our Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar, you’ll receive a complimentary copy of the 85-page “Primer” of the 565-page “BL vs. USC.”

        • acontraryview

          “No offense intended but your first three paragraphs are a classic case of straining at gnats while swallowing camels.’

          How so? You brought up the stamp issue. I merely corrected your false argument.

          “The Constitution violates much more than Commandments 1 and 7”

          Yes, I know. I said that the protections of the Constitution violate 7 of the 10 commandments.

          I Goggled as you suggested and reviewed the “survey”. It is very poorly constructed. Some of the choices are patently absurd. The entire survey is designed to support your position, not to accurately gauge people’s views.

          For example: Question 1 provides two choices:

          Option #1: The U.S. Constitution honors the God of the Bible.
          Option #2: The U.S. Constitution established a new national god.

          Neither is true. Why didn’t you include a third option of: The Constitution does not mention any god and does not establish any national god?

          That is the actual answer but, of course, that would not support your narrative.

          • Kingdom Ambassador

            Most people would understand the point was not WHETHER they but IF they had stamps…. Thus you were choking on a gnat.

            My apologies for misrepresenting your statement regarding the Commandments.

            As for Survey Question #1: When one understands that idolatry is not so much about statues as it is statutes, it becomes clear that all governments are theocratic, serving either the true God or some false god, demonstrated by what laws they keep and consider the supreme law of the land.

            QUESTION: Were the governments in the Old Testament under the god Baal (or any other false god named in the Old Testament) theocracies?
            ANSWER: Of course, they were.

            QUESTION: Was Baal (or any other god named in the Bible) real or
            were they merely ancient forms of We the People?
            ANSWER: Merely ancient forms of We the People

            Consequently:

            “…There is no escaping theocracy. A government’s laws reflect its morality, and the source of that morality (or, more often than not, immorality) is its god. It is never a question of theocracy or no theocracy, but whose theocracy. The American people, by way of their elected officials, are the source of the Constitutional Republic’s laws. Therefore, the Constitutional Republic’s god is WE THE PEOPLE.

            “People recoil at the idea of a theocracy’s morality being forced upon them, but because all governments are theocracies, someone’s morality is always being enforced. This is an inevitability of government. The question is which god, theocracy, laws, and morality will we choose to live under?…”

            For more, Google online Chapter 3 “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE
            vs. YAHWEH” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The
            Christian Perspective.”

          • acontraryview

            “Most people would understand the point was not WHETHER they but IF they had stamps”

            Since, as you stated, there were few, if any, Muslims living the US at the time, nor were there Mosques, there would be no reason to issue a stamp noting the religious holidays of Muslims. How is that relevant to the current diversity we have in the nation?

            “it becomes clear that all governments are theocratic, serving either the true God or some false god”

            While you are certainly free to base your argument on that premise, it is simply without logic.

            Theocracy:

            1. a form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler, the God’s or deity’s laws being interpreted by theecclesiastical authorities.

            2. a system of government by priests claiming a divine commission.

            The US Constitution does not meet that criteria.

            God:

            1. capitalized : the supreme or ultimate reality: asa : the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universeb Christian Science : the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit : infinite Mind

            2: a being or object believed to have more than natural attributes and powers and to require human worship; specifically : one controlling a particular aspect or part of reality

            A god requires worship. Nothing in our form of government meets the definition of “god”.

  • FoJC_Forever

    It’s just a stamp. Not a good stamp, but just a stamp nonetheless. Islam is a threat to freedom, but it’s not any greater a threat that the ones America has been embracing for decades. False religions have been growing here for a long time, and the nations leaders – financial, political, and religious – have been using them to promote their own agendas and bank accounts.

    Follow Jesus, find Wisdom.

  • George Chambers

    I’m looking forward to a postage stamp that commemorates The Flying Spaghetti Monster. Ramen.

    • The Skeptical Chymist

      I’ll be very happy when that day comes.