USPS responds to Daily Caller’s “War on Religion” story

The US Postal Service has responded to the Daily Caller’s bizarre claim that the agency is waging a “War on Religion” because it isn’t printing more religious Christmas stamps this year. In a letter to the owner of the tea party blog, USPS spokesperson Mark Saunders pointed out that the agency already has half a billion religious holiday stamps in its inventory. That’s enough to satisfy the demand for two full holiday seasons.

charliebrownxmasThe USPS also noted that that the story was apparently inspired by the reporter’s inability to find religious Christmas stamps at a PO he visited. Of course, the normal time for people to buy Christmas stamps is, well, Christmastime- not August or September- so it’s hardly surprising to find that a post office doesn’t have a ready supply of the stamps at the time. I imagine he’d have a hard time finding Christmas cards in the middle of summer, too! Does that mean drug stores and Wal-Marts are waging “War on Religion”?

The Daily Caller writer has posted a followup to the USPS letter, but you get the feeling that he didn’t actually read it- for example:

Saunders noted in his letter that there is a large inventory of religiously-themed stamps issued in previous years available for purchase by the public.

He didn’t say how many in the inventory depict religious images or how many feature non-religious images like 2015’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Snowflake” commemorative stamps.

That’s not true- here’s what Saunders wrote:

We have more than a half billion religious-themed holiday stamps in inventory and based on prior year’s purchases, that’s more than twice sold during a typical Holiday season.

That’s the thing that the Daily Caller just can’t seem to grasp- most Americans aren’t clamoring for more religious Christmas stamps. If they really want them so much, why are there half a billion sitting in the warehouse?

Here’s the text of the USPS letter. Click the link at the bottom of this post for the Daily Caller’s followup.

Tucker Carlson
Editor in Chief
The Daily Caller News Foundation
tucker@dailycaller.com

Dear Mr. Carlson,

Your Sept. 10 article “Ìs the Postal Service Declaring War on Religion?¨ is incorrect and misleads your readers into thinking Post Offices will not be offering religious-themed holiday stamps this year. Nothing could be further from the truth. Allow me to set the record straight.

We have more than a half billion religious-themed holiday stamps in inventory and based on prior year’s purchases, that’s more than twice sold during a typical Holiday season.

Our decision to print select holiday-themed stamps every other year is a business decision based on supply and demand while serving the needs of our customers. Moreover, we have found that the popularity of Holiday Forever stamps ÷ which are good for mailing a one ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes ÷ result in more stamps purchased at a time.

Evidently the story idea about the “Postal Service Declaring a War on Religion¨ began when your reporter visited a Post Office and found that it had no religious- themed stamps available. Postmasters have the ability to order holiday stamps, but as most customers wait until after Thanksgiving to mail their greeting cards, Postmasters typically order these stamps in late September or early October.

Customers can purchase stamps at Post Offices or online at usps.com/shop.

Religious-themed Forever holiday stamps available this year include: Christmas Magi; Eid; Hanukkah; Holy Family; Madonna of the Candelabra by Raphael; and, Virgin and Child by Jan Gosseart. Secular Forever stamps include: A Charlie Brown Christmas (available Oct. 1); Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer; Geometric Snowflakes (available Oct. 23); Winter Fun; Global Holiday: Silver Bells Wreath; Global Holiday: and Evergreen Wreath.

The Postal Service has a long standing history of celebrating the religions of the world on postage stamps.

Mark Saunders
U.S. Postal Service Headquarters
Corporate Communications, Rm. 10501
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Washington, DC 20260-3100

Source: The Postal Service’s War On Religion Continues | The Daily Caller

  • IIlIIl111

    Don’t even bother giving them facts………it makes their feeble brains hurt. Walmart doesn’t have their Christmas decorations out in October either. Maybe they are waging a “War on Religion” too………………………………….(DUH)