Arrogant; Mail Thief
We sent a copy of our print edition to a subscriber who had compensated us for the magazine (this was not one of our many freebies). Apparently too lazy to write our address on the envelope, this self-described "practicing Christian" chose, rather, to destroy mail intended for someone else by Scotch-Taping our printed return address to the envelope. (Yes, it is the original; it is not a photocopy.) Then, apparently too ashamed even to tell us his name, he wrote on the envelope our own return address. Go figure.
However, destroying mail intended for someone else is a violation of Federal law.
In his letter to us, "A practicing Christian" shows his colors, making clear his calculated message of bigotry.
We do have the decency to block the mailing address from this graphic, though. We atheists aren't that wicked!
The legal and proper (and moral) thing to do would have been to return our subscriber's mail to the letter carrier either so it can be forwarded to our subscriber or so it can returned to us as undeliverable. So, the only decent response for us (the only truly moral response) is to report this to the Postal Inspector. And as I said, we atheists aren't that wicked, so I will grant this common mail thief the decency of announcing to him that I intend to file a mail theft complaint, and to turn the letter and envelope over to the authorities.
Cliff Walker, Publisher
Positive Atheism Magazine
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