CAIR Thanks Fla. Sheriff for Response to Anti-Islam E-Mail

February 23, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo News/PRNewswire-USNewswire

A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today thanked a Florida sheriff for his "prompt and professional" response to the circulation of an anti-Islam message by members of his department using official e-mail addresses.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it received a complaint that two staffers of the Seminole County Sheriff's Office forwarded an e-mail urging "patriotic Americans" to protest a U.S. Postal Service "Eid" stamp marking the two major Islamic holidays of Eid al-Fitr at the end of Ramadanand Eid al-Adha at the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca. (The Eid stamp was first issued in 2001 and was re-issued several times as prices increased. The 44-cent version was issued last September.)

The e-mail, with the subject line "DO NOT BUY THIS STAMP," falsely claims the stamp is new and that its creation was ordered by President Obama. It also states: "REMEMBER to adamantly & vocally BOYCOTT this stamp, when you are purchasing your stamps at the post office...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."