A county official in Texas is challenging a U.S. Postal Services regulation banning religious content on personalized custom stamps.
Susan Fletcher, a devout Christian who serves as the Collin County Precinct 1 commissioner, filed a complaint last month with the U.S. District Court of East Texas in hopes it will protect “her constitutional rights to free speech and religious liberty granted under the First Amendment.”
The lawsuit says Fletcher wanted to create personalized postage stamps to reflect her faith during the Christmas season.
USPS allows customers to use third-party companies to create stamps designed by citizens.
One stamp design Flethcer created for Christmas features a Nativity scene under text saying: “Emmanuel God with us.”
Fletcher said she tried to create a stamp that reflected her religious beliefs through PhotoStamps.com, a subsidiary of Stamps.com.
However, the lawsuit states that Fletcher’s stamps were rejected by Stamps.com and USPS because of a regulation that prohibits images or text that contain a depiction of religious content. USPS reserves the right to determine whether a stamp design meets the criteria.
The lawsuit argues that the policy allows secular depictions on the same topics.
“Ms. Fletcher has a sincerely held religious belief that she is compelled by the Lord to use her God-given artistic abilities to advance a religious message in all available communications media, including custom stamps for various holiday and celebratory occasions,” the lawsuit argues.
“Ms. Fletcher considers these stamps to be an essential aspect of her religious practices and Christmastime message for friends and family.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith