a USPS Postmaster in Texas ordered the removal of posters bearing
the phrase "In God We Trust"? Sort of.
The situation is not quite what the email makes it
out to be and the suggestion included in the message will not
accomplish the intent.
It should be noted that the supervisor who ordered
the removal of the signs felt that he/she was simply abiding by USPS
regulations that had nothing to do with the contents of the signs,
but with posters, signs, papers, etc. in general. ALL signs
and posters not relating to the USPS were removed, not just the ones
with the IN GOD WE TRUST message. There was no claim that a
law was being violated - only a USPS regulation and it had nothing
to do with electioneering. There was no mention of offense and
it had nothing to do with the slogan on the posters.
The situation happened in November 2002 when a
supervisor ordered the removal of the posters from government owned
PO buildings in Montgomery County, TX. The supervisor
followed a USPS rule that says that it prohibits the
"depositing or posting of handbills, flyers,
pamphlets, signs, posters, placards, or other literature (except
official postal and other governmental notices and announcements) in
interior public areas on postal premises."
Apparently the action was across the board and was
not based on the content of the signs. This doesn't appear to
be an anti-religious or
anti-God issue. It just appears to be an over-zealous
supervisor. If the
issue was limited to a couple of PO's in one county, then why the
bruhaha? I can see it if the issue was with the entire USPS.
Come to think of it, I don't think our PO has ever put up any non-PO
flyers or posters except the wanted posters.
As to the suggestion that we all put this slogan
on the back of our envelopes, surely no one in this day and
age really believes that someone at the USPS is examining every
piece of mail that comes through. Mail is totally automated.
Your postal carrier is about the only one who will see it and then
only the front. No one is looking at the back of the envelope
and the automatic readers are doing the rest. It's fine to
write a message on the envelope, but it won't accomplish any desired
results in this case. The recipient may appreciate it though!