Madalyn Murray O'Hair Files Lawsuit to Stop Postmark Honoring Pope's Visit Hot

Madalyn Murray O'Hair Files Lawsuit to Stop Postmark Honoring Pope's Visit

Pope John Paul II

The Society for Separationists files a lawsuit seeking to prevent the Postal Service from issuing a special postmark to commemorate the visit of Pope John Paul II in September.

Jon Murray, president of the Austin-based group and son of atheist activist Madalyn Murray-O'Hair, points out that such a special postage cancellation has never before been offered to commemorate the visit of any other official or dignitary.

Jon Murray says:

"It has never been used for religious purposes or to commemorate the presence of a Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, or atheist dignitary. ...

The pope's stated purpose for his visit is to 'bring Christ to the United States.' It is particularly noxious for American atheists to be told that such nonsense is being imported with the aid of U.S. taxpayer dollars."

The hand-canceling stamp will have an imprint with the phrase, "The Visit of Pope John Paul II" and "Papal Visit Station."

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