Clarksville Tennessee Mayor Johnny Piper has achieved his own degree of infamy for himself and his town. Piper forwarded an email to every City Council member, department head, many city employees, friends and family to raise the alarm over President Barack Obama’s decision to release a stamp to honor Muslims. The only problem is that the man whose Administration ordered the stamps was not Obama but George W. Bush and the stamp merely celebrates the Muslim holiday of Eid.
The stamp was first issued in 2001, and was reissued in 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2008. According to the site of the Postal Service, it “commemorates the two most important festivals— or eids — in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. On these days, Muslims wish each other ‘Eid mubarak,’ the phrase featured in Islamic calligraphy on the stamp. ‘Eid mubarak’ translates literally as ‘blessed festival,’ and can be paraphrased as ‘May your religious holiday be blessed.’ . . .
The Eid stamp, designed by Zakariya of Arlington, Va., features the Arabic phrase “Eid mubarak” in gold calligraphy on a blue background. English text on the stamps reads ‘EID GREETINGS.'”
Yet, Piper sounded the alarm that it was honoring the Muslims who brought us 9-11: Remember the MUSLIM bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993! . . . To use this stamp would be a slap in the face to all those AMERICANS who died at the hands of those whom this stamp honors.”
Here is the full text of the email forward by Piper:
If there is only ONE thing you forward today… Let
it be this!
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of Pan Am
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the World
Trade Center in 1993!
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the Marine
Barracks in Lebanon !
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the military
Barracks in Saudi Arabia !
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the
American Embassies in Africa !
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the USS
REMEMBER the MUSLIM attack on 9/11/2001 !
REMEMBER all the AMERICAN lives that werelost in those vicious MUSLIM attacks!
Now President Obama has directed the United
States Postal Service to REMEMBER and HONOR
the EID MUSLIM holiday season with a new
commemorative 42 Cent First Class Holiday
REMEMBER to adamantly & vocally BOYCOTT
this stamp, when you are purchasing your
stamps at the post office.
All you have to say is
To use this stamp would be a slap in the face to all those
AMERICANS who died at the hands of those whom this stamp
REMEMBER — Pass this along to every Patriotic AMERICAN that you know and let’s get the word out!!!
Well, Piper certainly got the word out. Most people, however, are alarmed over a public official who could allow such false information to act in such a hateful and prejudiced way. Piper insisted that he still doesn’t see any reason why it would be inappropriate” to send the emails to city employees or why it could be possibly viewed as anti-Muslim.
He added: “In my mind, it presented an image of mass death at the hands of Muslims” but noted “I have some good Muslim friends.” That makes me feel much better.