Florida Tea Party Candidate Promotes Postage Stamp Conspiracy Theory

By J Clifford

Florida’s 8th congressional district is currently represented by Bill Posey, a Republican with a 67 percent Conservative Action Score on the That’s My Congress legislative scorecard system. For the Tea Party, that’s not conservative enough. So, under the name of the Tea Party, a man named Karl Balone is challenging Representative Posey in the 2014 election.

Why should voters in the 8th district vote for Balone instead of Posey? Because, according to Balone’s campaign Facebook page, the “United States Postal Service—- Has Taken Lord Jesus Christ and Merry Christmas………………………………..OUT OF CHRISTMAS.”

Balone didn’t come up with this issue on his own. He’s referring to a conspiracy theory that’s made the rounds of right wing activists this autumn, claiming that the US Postal Service is refusing to print stamps that celebrate Christmas or show Jesus. The conspiracy theory is based upon a poster that promotes the three most recent additions to the Postal Service’s holiday stamp collection. That poster shows a stamp for Hanukkah, a stamp for Kwanzaa, and a stamp with gingerbread houses on it – but no stamp for Christmas, and no stamp showing the baby Jesus.

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12 thoughts on “Florida Tea Party Candidate Promotes Postage Stamp Conspiracy Theory

  1. Jill Pyeatt

    I’m SO sick of hearing about this “war on Christmas”, just like I’m sick of the “war on women”. I’ll just start calling all of this “the war on idiots”.

  2. Jill Pyeatt

    I own a business, and I don’t happen to like offending my clients. If I’m unsure what holiday someone celebrates, I might say something like “Enjoy your holiday”. And, guess what? The world hasn’t fallen apart! What the heck is wrong with being considerate to people different than you are?

    I feel a rant coming, so I’d better stop here.

  3. Jed Ziggler Post author

    There’s a lot of Christmas Warriors in my family, too. Hmm… I should get some of them Kwanzaa stamps. :D

  4. From Der Sidelines

    Running on postage stamps? Does he take them in donations (Christian mythology only, of course!)?

    We have another Almond Joy candidate here, not a Mounds candidate. (Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t!)

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