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The Sun letter to the editor: Apparently left is the new middle

Editor:
This isn’t about the SAFE Act, fracking or immigration. Instead, I write about the mailing I received last week from the United States Postal Service (USPS) promoting their holiday stamps.

I am the first to appreciate a desire for equality at the holidays and I welcome a promotion of all faiths and celebrations. “All” is the operative word here.

What used to be a cry for equal recognition for Kwanzaa and Hanukkah to have equal time and be held up alongside Christmas has now swung the pendulum beyond the “equal center.”

This is about the USPS voluntarily and intentionally, through a direct mailing to American homes, endorsing two other wonderful religious/cultural celebrations and intentionally omitting our nation’s longest-standing national holiday, called Christmas.

When I saw the Hanukkah and Kwanzaa stamps, I was excited, until I realized that the third stamp was that of a gingerbread house.

That’s it: a solitary gingerbread house as the third “holiday” celebratory stamp. Maybe a gingerbread house is the new symbol for atheism.

This sure looks like faith discrimination to me, and whether or not you subscribe to any religious belief is not my point, because I absolutely respect your right to do so – or not.

This also is not about whether or not the post office has a Christmas stamp, because I know they do. In fact, that reinforces my position, as they purposely chose not to promote it alongside the others.

It’s one thing to promote equality, but please include reason when doing so and, in this case, don’t conveniently omit the very religion that the majority of Americans treasure, and generations have celebrated, for centuries. I am proud to refer to it as Christmas.

Brad Gill
Hamburg
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