In a rather shocking appeasement of anti-Muslim activists, Lowe’s home improvement store withdrew advertising from the reality show, “All-American Muslim,” a show featuring various Muslim families in the United States. The show is being targeted by the Florida Family Association as “dangerous” and Lowe’s Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Niblock decided to yield to such prejudices in pulling out of the advertising on the show.
The Florida Family Association (which appears to exclude Muslim families from its vision of families) has been warning Americans about the alleged hidden agenda in a show that simply follows five families in their everyday life in Dearborn, Michigan. The FFA announced that the show is “propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.”
In response there have been calls to boycott Lowe’s, which certainly appears willing to forego the business of Muslim Americans at a minimum in this tough economy. One of those calls has come from California State Senator Ted Lieu, D-Torrance. Lieu, however, said that he is investigating whether the company can be charged with violating state or federal laws — a highly dubious pursuit. A company is allowed to withdraw support for a program to avoid associations or themes that it deems inimical to its business interests. That does not make it right, but it is not unlawful.
While the company has apologized for “mak[ing] some people very unhappy,” it said that given the controversy over the program “[w]e believe it is best to respectfully defer to communities, individuals and groups to discuss and consider such issues of importance.” First, there was no controversy before this fringe group launched a rather raw and prejudicial campaign. Certainly many viewers might not be interested in the show or even dislike its emphasis on a religion. However, it is no more controversial than Jersey Wives with its continual boorish and crude conduct or Donald Trump doing anything. Second, “leaving it to the community” is just a new spin on yielding to a mob. The company did not leave it to the community but chose this small biased group over Muslim Americans.
Given the company’s slogan “Never Stop Improving,” I would suggest a start on this year’s improvement resolutions would be to get rid of the religious prejudices and upgrade its now tarnished image.
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27 thoughts on “Lowe Blow: Retailer Bows To Anti-Muslim Campaign And Withdraws Advertising From TLC’s “All-American Muslim””
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Just a quick line to tell you that I reposted your article on my site and got a ping-back from another blogger who included a link to the article on my site as a related article to a post about the same thing. Not confused enough? Go to his site at this address
I don’t know if you will see any humor in this but the site owner is: Former Congressman Tom Tancredo. Currently serving as chairman of Rocky Mountain Foundation, co-chairman of the anti-illegal immigration Team America PAC, and honorary chairman of Youth for Western Civilization.
During his ten years representing Colorado’s 6th Congressional District from 1999 until 2009, Congressman Tom Tancredo became universally recognized by both sides of the issue as the most vocal opponent of mass immigration in Washington.
In 1999, Tancredo founded the House Immigration Reform Caucus to advocate for limited and controlled immigration. Starting with a handful of Representatives, the bipartisan Caucus now boasts over 100 members. For many years, Tancredo was the only Republican to vocally oppose President Bush’s immigration policies leading to Karl Rove to call him “a traitor to the president,” and warned him to never “darken the doorstep of the White House” in 2002.
Doesn’t seem like our sort; what? Rather a viscious little blighter I think.
Hey Everyone, I just went back and actually read his article. You really should check this out. Really. It’s great stuff. Laugh or cry; it’ll be fun for the whole family. (I did say a quick line right?) Not in the DNA I’m afraid.
As of this evening, the Anti-defamation League has come out against Lowe’s. Way to go, ADL!!
I see this story has now been linked by a group listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group: The “APA” is the “American Patriot Alliance,” and not surprisingly, they are thrilled with Lowe’s stupidity and called Congressman Lieu’s letter to Lowes management, “…extortionist…”
Forrest Gump’s Mama was right.
Yeh; yeh and we could order some pretty gray uniforms so we could identify like minded “patriots” and the……………….Hey wait a minute. we can’t do this to human beings……………………………………………well no problem. We can just declare all muslims sub-human and then that opens up a whole new world of possibilities for medical experimentation and target practice and I hear the Muslims are still fond of gold fillings. Oh the mind reels with the possibilities here. OS, I think you are on to something. Aaaaand remember. Since Muslims are sub-human now; they no longer experience pain as we do so; no anesthetic required for those normally painful and bloody surgical procedures. Yes; the armies of the Reich march on. We thought we kept them out of this country in 1945; but all we did was make it easier for the American Nazis such as Prescott Bush and his progeny and associates to slip in un-noticed and initiate their fiendish plans for the Fourth Reich aka. the “New World Order” have I mentioned all this before? Well anyway; I actually came on to make a positive comment for a change and now i’ve let these guys be a bad influence on me. Honest! They made me do it Prof.
My comment is for the Proffessor. I just wanted to say what an excellent piece this is. I am proud to know you, Man. You said it all and you said it well. I was going to write a piece myself but I may just reblog yours and add any comments if you don’t mind. I’m not sure I can add anything except my approval though.
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