It would appear that the “war on Christmas” continues, from what most individuals assumed an unlikely source, The United States Post Office.
Which seems extremely odd, considering their pro-Christmas ad currently running across the country, in which a jolly Santa and a postal worker in her truck coincidently meet at the same house, delivering packages?
However, upon closer observation, it seems the U.S. Postal Service doesn’t have a problem with Santa, sleighs, or even flying reindeer, but rather with the birth of Christ — and perhaps anything that reminds individuals the real purpose of Christmas.
The issue regarding the Post Office’s anti-religious policy actually began in 2017 which allegedly bars “all religious content” from being used on U.S. postal stamps. The subtle policy went unnoticed until Tavia Hunt decided to create some nice holiday stamps to go along with her Christmas Cards, and contacted the third party vendor, licensed to create customized stamps for the U.S. Post Office.
Hunt uploaded a photo of herself and her family standing in front of the easily recognizable onion-shaped minarets of St. Basil’s Cathedral and sent it to Zazzle, the company licensed to create customized stamps.
For those not familiar with the name, Tavia Hunt is the wife of Clarke Hunt, the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs. The photo had the entire Hunt family with silly fur hats, holding a sign reading “Chief’s Kingdom” in the team colors, and in the background St. Basil’s Cathedral.
However, when Mrs. Hunt enquired regarding her order, she was told it was canceled. She then asked Zazzle to clarify what was wrong with the image, she was told by a company spokesman that the image of the cathedral had violated the companies “content policy.”
That strange reference as to why the photo was rejected, prompted Hunt to suggest the real reason appeared to be the companies “ban on religion” which immediately freaked out the company, and the next day Hunt received assurances that her order was approved, and would soon be shipped.
All’s well, that ends well…not so fast!
When Hunt attempted to track her shipment online, she learned once again the order was canceled. She immediately contacted Zazzle and was told that Stamps.com is the company responsible for all decisions regarding content.
When contacted Stamps.com first claimed that religion had nothing to do with the cancellation, instead the company claimed it was the Kansas City Chiefs logo. When Hunt informed them that her husband owned the team, and she would be happy to provide valid paperwork proving she had the rights to the logo, by signing an affidavit and had it delivered to Stamps.com and Zazzle.
However, within a matter of days Zazzle called the Hunts to confirm that indeed it was St. Basil’s Cathedral as the reason for the cancellation stating that the rejection was “due to the prominence of St. Basil’s Cathedral on the background.” The order would be approved if “the image is cropped so that the cathedral is not obvious,” the company added.
The Hunts, of course, have contacted their lawyers, and have sent a letter to all parties concerned, including the U.S. Postal Service demanding an explanation for their policy adopted in early 2017 that allegedly bars “all religious content.” Look for this issue to go all the way to the Supreme Court within the coming year