Editorial: On Eid, Let Us Forgive One Another for Our Close-Minded Views

November 10, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times


On November 10, 2003 Lolita Harper of the Los Angeles Times published an editorial on the negative response by many Orange County residents to the new Eid postal stamp, recently issued by the United States' Postal Service. In a recent mass e-mail calling on individuals to boycott the stamp, a message reminds readers "of the 'Muslim' bombings of the American embassies in Africa, the military barracks in Saudi Arabia, the USS Cole and, of course, Sept. 11, 2001 � still a gaping emotional wound in the hearts of most Americans. The e-mail links all those terrorist attacks with the Eid stamp and calls for people to 'adamantly and vocally boycott this stamp... 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.'" Harper responds with disdain and comments that "Eid is also regarded as a day of remembrance, a day of harvest, a day of forgiveness and a day of peace. I suggest we all embrace the goodness of that message and remember the innocent lives lost in this war against terrorism, forgive one another for our closed-minded views and spread peace � not venomous mass e-mails."