On August 8, the U.S. Postal Service released a stamp to commemorate the end of Ramadan, a festival known as Eid al-Fitr. The holiday marks the end of a month of dawn-to-sunset fasting, practiced by faithful Muslims around the world.
The U.S. Postal Service offers the following description:
Featuring calligraphy from the 2011 Eid stamp with a new green background, this 2013 Eid Forever® stamp issuance commemorates the two most important festivals—or eids—in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. On these days, Muslims wish each other Eid mubarak, the phrase shown in Islamic calligraphy on the stamp. Eid mubarak translates literally as “blessed festival” and can be paraphrased “May your religious holiday be blessed.” This phrase can be applied to both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
In 2013, Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on August 8, and Eid al-Adha will be celebrated on October 15.
This is only the latest rather 'in your face' tribute offered to the Muslim world since the 9/11 attacks.
Of course, President Obama rarely misses an opportunity to officially celebrate a Muslim holiday...
-In July, he held his fifth White House Iftar dinner, celebrating Ramadan.
-In November 2011, Obama even issued an official proclamation, commemorating Muslims' annual pilgrimage to Mecca, known as the Hajj.
The White House statement read:
Michelle and I extend our greetings for a happy Eid al-Adha to Muslims worldwide and congratulate those performing Hajj. Thousands of Muslim Americans are among those who have joined one of the world’s largest and most diverse gatherings in making the pilgrimage to Mecca and nearby sites.
The Eid and Hajj rituals are a reminder of the shared roots of the world’s Abrahamic faiths and the powerful role that faith plays in motivating communities to serve and stand with those in need. On behalf of the American people, we extend our best wishes during this Hajj season. Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mabrour.
In contrast, Obama chose to break with a long-held presidential tradition, offering no Easter proclamation in 2011.
Easter Sunday is considered the most sacred of holidays to Christians, who account for about 73 percent of this nation’s population.
-Obama also issued official White House statements recognizing the observance of other Muslim holidays (Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha) in 2010.
According to the Pew Research Center, Muslims account for only 0.8 percent of the U.S. population.
So, the question then becomes...Why is Islam being catered to in such an overwhelming fashion?