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Mother Teresa to get her own postage stamp . . . or not

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Have you ever visited the site or read any postings from politicsdaily.com?  They usually have some pretty thought-provoking articles and a recent one caught my eye.  A link for reading the entire article is listed at the end of this post. 

The U. S. Post Office is proposing to honor Mother Teresa with her own stamp.  However, a leading atheist organization called “The Freedom From
Religion Foundation,” (FFRF) is leading an organized campaign against this new stamp issue.

The postal service has a list of criteria for honoring individuals.  One specifically states, “Stamps or stationery items shall not be issued to honor religious institutions or individuals whose principal achievements are associated with religious undertakings or beliefs.” 

One of the leaders of the FFRF stated that “Mother Teresa is principally known as a religious figure who ran a religious institution.  You can’t really separate her from being a nun and being a Roman Catholic from everything she did.”

But let’s remember that both Martin Luther King, Jr. (a Baptist minister) and Malcom X (former spokesman for the Nation of Islam) both were honored with their own stamp.   Rev. King’s stamp was issued in 1999 as one in the  “Celebrate the Century” and Malcom X’s stamp was also issued in 1999, in the series commemorating “Black Heritage.” 

The leader of the FFRF was quoted as saying she did not have a problem with either of these men being honored with a stamp.  After all, Martin Luther King “just happened to be a minister, and Malcom X was not principally known for being a religious figure.” 

There is also a Muslim stamp issued originally in 2001, ten days before the terrorist attack on the U.S.  According to Snopes.com, the EID stamp commemorates two festivals or “eids” in the Islamic calendar.  This stamp is often called a “Christmas stamp” but was just released in a series of  USPS stamps ‘commemorating several diverse celebrations which generally occur between the November – December holiday timeframe (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Thanksgiving), some which occur at other times of the year (Cinco de Mayo) and others which move around from year-to-year on the Gregorian calendar (the Islamic celebrations of Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha.)” 

And let’s not forget the Virgin Mary who appears on a Christmas stamp each year. 

So, considering all of this, voice your opinion in the poll below:

politicsdaily.com: Mother Teresa postage stamp article
(David Gibson/Disputations)

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14 thoughts on “Mother Teresa to get her own postage stamp . . . or not

  1. For some reason only half of the post is being displayed, is it my browser or the site??

  2. With all of the non-entities that have been on postage stamps, I think she should be honored if for nothing else the Great things that she has done.

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