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Post Office Proselytizing?

Post Office Proselytizing?

Elizabeth Tenety over at Washington Post & Newsweek's On Faith blog asks after the propriety of the United States Postal Service's release of a Mother Teresa stamp. She points to a raging debate mostly in the conservative hate-o-sphere of ultra-extreme pundits who believe Mother Teresa is under attack by atheists and non-believers. For some, the Mother Teresa stamp means you're either with us or against us.
Of course, the separation of religion and state is not only constitutionally mandated, but the USPS also has its own guidelines, pointed to by Ms. Tenety, that state:
Stamps or stationery items shall not be issued to honor religious institutions or individuals whose principal achievements are associated with religious undertakings or beliefs.
So this got me thinking. If, no matter how widely loved a body might be, they are a religious figure or institution, they can't be on the stamps or stationary items. This led me to search some popular "religious" terms over at shop.usps.com to see what I got.
Jesus: 0 items
Christ: 13 items
Jew: 1 item
Santa: 4 items
Hardly a scientific study, particularly since not everything in the USPS store is subject to the above regulation. What other keywords would be good for this? Tell us in the comments!

Published: 2/09/2010

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