- The Washington Times - Friday, June 17, 2016

The U.S. Postal Service is investigating after a woman who claimed to be an employee said she will make sure any mail bearing a new stamp celebrating the Muslim holidays of Eid would be “lost or destroyed,” BuzzFeed News reported Thursday.

The promise was made Monday on the Facebook page of a person identifying themselves as Catherine An [sic] Ray in response to post authored by Pamela Geller, an anti-Islamic activist whose American Freedom Defense Initiative has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Weighing in on a link shared by Ms. Geller regarding the USPS’ recent unveiling of a new Forever stamp commemorating the holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, the supposed postal employee suggested on social media that she’d do her part to prevent any letters or packages with the stamp from being delivered.

“[As] A US Mail Carrier I can personally assure everyone here that anything with this stamp on it will be lost or destroyed in the system before is [sic] makes delivery. Guaranteed,” the Facebook user wrote.

“Happy Ramadan,” the person added.

BuzzFeed reached out to the USPS after becoming aware of the social media post, and as of Thursday the agency was reportedly attempting to determine whether or not the woman is indeed one of its employees.

“At this time, we cannot confirm if the person involved in this matter is a postal employee, but we can assure you that the incident is being fully investigated and that the Postal Service will take whatever action is appropriate,” USPS spokeswoman Toni DeLancey told BuzzFeed.

The spokeswoman added that official USPS policy prohibits discrimination based on religion race, creed, color or national origin, and that the woman will be fired if it turns out she is in fact employed by the Postal Service, Buzzfeed reported.

The Facebook page for Catherine An Ray remained publicly accessible as of Friday afternoon, and the person behind the account said in a post published on Thursday that the federal government — her alleged employer — “is a domestic enemy.”

BuzzFeed’s attempts to reach the person responsible for the posts were not immediately successful, the website reported.


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide