AFA: Don’t Accept Mail With Harvey Milk Stamp

Wow. The American Family Association really, really doesn’t want to have anything to do with gay people. Now that the U.S. Postal Service has issued a stamp with gay politician Harvey Milk on it, they’re telling their members not to even open a letter with that stamp on it.

Furthermore, the radical homosexual lobby will undoubtedly encourage businesses to use these stamps – all in the name of inclusiveness, political correctness and diversity. This is not diversity; this is perversity.

What you can do…

1. Refuse to accept the Harvey Milk stamp if offered by your local post office. Instead, ask for a stamp of the United States flag.

2. Refuse to accept mail at your home or business if it is postmarked with the Harvey Milk stamp. Simply write ‘Return to Sender” on the envelope and tell your postman you won’t accept it.

I think that’s a brilliant idea. And when your power gets shut off because you didn’t get your bill, you should have the AFA pay the bill and the reconnect fee.

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  • sugarfrosted

    That’s a good idea. Let’s find out which electric company AFA uses then encourage them to only use Harvey Milk stamps at least in their correspondence with the AFA.

  • sh3baproject

    or maybe just accept the damn letter. thats not hard at all.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    I am NOT a Philatelist but .. did they make any stamps of Michaelangelo or King David or Osacr Wilde?

    To name just three of so many possibilities including an olde time gay US president.

    O’course, there’re just the ones’ we know of.

  • sugarfrosted

    @3 If you’re referring to the “Abe Lincoln is gay thing” there is really no evidence of that other than “Abe Lincoln shared a bed with a guy,” which was quite common in the era.

  • Steve the Drunk Unicyclist

    Alas, the utilities are going to use a first-class permit imprint, so Ed’s idea wouldn’t work.

    OTOH … if anyone ever gets into a legal wrangle with a virulent AFA member, having their legal team use only Harvey Milk stamps to serve papers on the other side would be hilarious.

    (IANAL, YMMW, SDA)

  • vmanis1

    The evidence is a bit stronger for James Buchanan, whose Wikipedia article says, `While Buchanan may have been asexual or celibate, there are many indicators that suggest he was homosexual. The argument has been put forward by Shelley Ross, biographer Jean Baker, sociologist James W. Loewen, Robert P. Watson, and historian John Howard.’ (I leave to the Buchanan enthusiast the task of reading the article and clicking through to the source given.)

    Now as a gay man (though not an American), I am not too keen on Buchanan, who was one of the worst pre-Dubya presidents. But there it is.

  • blf

    What Risk is there that mail sent bearing one or more of these Harvey Milk stamps will be delivered at all, or delivered unmutilated, by the USPS ?

    The reason for my asking is a story several years ago about an atheist(?) shoe company in Germany(?) conducing a test / experiment to investigate why so so many of there shipments to USAlienstan (using USPS) were “lost” or “damaged” (at, as I recall, a rate much higher than for any other destination / country, and for other delivery services). They reported that packages sent via USPS with their atheist branded labeling were much more likely to have problems than packages sent with neutral / unbranded labeling.

  • D Carter

    The USPS sells the stamps, but then wants to destroy the letters? I don’t think so.

    And any potential rogue letter-destroyer within the USPS will already know that that is a federal felony. I wouldn’t expect a lot of such incidents.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Cooties. It’s all about the Gay Cooties.

    Someone should whisper to them that they have started dressing and otherwise passing themselves off as ordinary Americans. You can never tell if someone is one of them!

    Your doctor, your doctors nurses, the paramedics who arrive at the accident scene — any one of them might have Gay Cooties!

  • dukeofomnium

    Buchanan was placed on a stamp. In the 1930s, they issued a series of stamps showing all of the presidents who weren’t alive.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    Refuse mail? Even the letters from the Nigerian widows who want to give them $M’s just because?

    I don’t know about you guys but tax delinquency notices, Jury duty notices and the like are pretty much considered delivered if they are sent to the last address of records–whether or not they’re actuall opened and read by someone.

    “I think that’s a brilliant idea. And when your power gets shut off because you didn’t get your bill, you should have the AFA pay the bill and the reconnect fee.”

    Better yet. Send them an envelope, registered mail, with a blank sheet of paper inside. When it comes back, wait, two or three days then call up the party who refused service/delivery and tell them that they missed the cut-off for the big drawing and although they technically won, another number had to be picked after they could not be contacted by registered mail.

  • caseloweraz

    I couldn’t locate any U.S. postage stamps featuring the people SteveoR listed. Michelangelo’s work, OTOH, appears on many U.S. stamps Oscar Wilde is big in Ireland. I suppose it’s a general rule that commemorative postage stamps are mostly done for native sons (and daughters.)

    FWIW: Freddie Mercury and Greg Louganis were big in Africa, judging by all the stamps they got there.

    Choreographer Alvin Ailey did get a U.S. stamp in 2004, per a USPS bulletin. Also a stamp for Bayard Rustin may be in the works.

  • http://nwrickert.wordpress.com/ Neil Rickert

    Refuse to accept mail at your home or business if it is postmarked with the Harvey Milk stamp.

    Now can we persuade the IRS to only use Harvey Milk stamps for mailing tax refunds?

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @ 12. caseloweraz : Cheers for that.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    And when your power gets shut off because you didn’t get your bill, you should have the AFA pay the bill and the reconnect fee.

    Sure, but they’d send it back, on account of all those homostamps.

     

    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! “To name just three of so many possibilities including an olde time gay US president.”

    That rumor doesn’t even make sense. He went to the theater one time. He didn’t even stay through the whole show!

     

    blf “They reported that packages sent via USPS with their atheist branded labeling were much more likely to have problems than packages sent with neutral / unbranded labeling.”

    Why would God protect atheists packages? I mean, at least with “neutral / unbranded labeling” He could pretend that it was for Him, but the atheist stuff cuts Him right out of the equation.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @4. sugarfrosted : No I wasn’t thinkin ‘o’ Lincoln.* (

    @6. vmanis1 : I think that’s probably the one I was thinking of.

    * Btw. cited your comment on another thread here on Avicenna’s blog hope that’s ok.

  • blf

    The USPS sells the stamps, but then wants to destroy the letters?

    No. It was not “the USPS” which destroyed the atheist packages, it was (presumably) rouge employees of the USPS. Who were never(?) caught, albeit I’m unsure if a formal complaint was ever made (i.e., if the USPS / whoever ever had a reason in law to launch to an investigation). What I was wondering is might a similar situation happen with mail sent using one or more of the Harvey Milk stamps ?

    (Besides, selling stamps and then dumping the letters in a bin is, until you are caught, probably more profitable and easier than actually, you know, transporting and delivering the mail.)

  • D. C. Sessions

    No. It was not “the USPS” which destroyed the atheist packages, it was (presumably) rouge (sic) employees of the USPS.

    You’re getting with the program: blame the gay mail workers for screwing with atheist mail getting lost!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    blf “It was not “the USPS” which destroyed the atheist packages, it was (presumably) rouge employees of the USPS.”

    Is it provided by the USPS, or do they have to bring their own blush?

  • blf

    I had a very good rogue wine at lumch. HIC!

  • timberwoof

    I think it would be funny though probably pointless to send the a check for five bucks in an envelope stamped with a Harvey Milk stamp. When they cash it, call them out as liars.

  • vmanis1

    On the other hand, a fellow here in Canada sent a letter to himself. The envelope bore a Third Reich Adolf Hitler stamp; yet it was delivered.

    I suspect that most postal employees, and most sorting machines, don’t pay much attention to exactly which stamps are used, especially on letters, unless there’s something else odd, e.g., oversize or strange odor.

  • caseloweraz

    Sarah Palin is a vintner now too?

  • postwaste

    I am letter carrier. Typically, if a letter is marked return to sender, we have to guess if the person is refusing that particular letter or if the addressee no longer lives at that address, or if the letter was misdelivered. Sometimes its hard to know. Management typically sides with the carrier regardless of what is done. AFA is setting up a lot of people to have ALL their mail returned.

    And no, we don’t typically notice what kind of stamp is on the mail.

    I’ve already bought several to put on letters for customers who don’t have stamps. Could be interesting.

  • iknklast

    I am NOT a Philatelist but .. did they make any stamps of Michaelangelo or King David or Osacr Wilde?

    Since these men are not Americans, they don’t fit the requirements. I propose Liberace, Paul Lynde, and Rock Hudson.

    Know what would be funny? If someone sent them a large donation check with a Harvey Milk stamp on it, and they refused to open it, so lost out on the money.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    @5,

    There was an Alvin Ailey stamp issued about 10 years ago. I don’t recall any fuss back then, though it was self-adhesive.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    iknklast “Know what would be funny? If someone sent them a large donation check with a Harvey Milk stamp on it, and they refused to open it, so lost out on the money.”

    They’re awful, not stupid. It’s a long con. The AFA is in it for the money.

  • John Pieret

    vmanis1 @ 6:

    Please do not feel bad. There were far worse heterosexual presidents than James Buchanan. Us straights have much more to answer for in history than you do. … At least to date.

  • John Pieret

    Refuse to accept mail at your home or business if it is postmarked with the Harvey Milk stamp.

    Just as a test, how about we all send a $1.00 check as a donation to the American Family Association with Harvey Milk Stamps on them and see if they cash them?

  • Trebuchet

    Just as a test, how about we all send a $1.00 check as a donation to the American Family Association with Harvey Milk Stamps on them and see if they cash them?

    I was thinking the same, but with a serious amount, say $100. Document the mailing of it and watch for the check to be cashed. Perhaps even write “Contribution Enclosed” on the envelope.

  • jonathangray

    How about a stamp with Harvey Milk’s hero on it?

  • Alverant

    I wonder what would happen if someone said that we should refuse all mail with christian themed stamps. One thing I know, the AFA would throw another hissy fit.

  • blf

    refuse all mail with christian themed stamps

    Another front in Teh War Against Xmas!

  • BobApril

    Rather than sending a donation, may I suggest sending a certified letter with return receipt? If you place them carefully, you can use stamps to pay for such a letter, but it covers most of the envelope. And you get signed proof of receipt mailed back to you. I suggest sending either a blank piece of paper, or perhaps a full-page photocopy of Milk’s face inside an envelope nearly covered with multiple images of Harvey Milk on the postage.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Yep. Lots of good ideas here. Reckon we can keep Milk~ing them for ages!

  • matty1

    @31 I actually have no idea who the hell that is, can someone give me a clue? Is it Modusoperandi on a night out?

  • John Phillips, FCD

    matty1, he’s being his usual moronic self, it’s Jim Jones, the Jonestown, Guyana mass suicide Jim Jones.