Keith Ellison condemns Lowe's for pulling ads from Muslim reality TV show
Rep. Keith Ellison has joined the outcry against home-improvement giant Lowe's after the retailer announced that it is pulling its advertising from a reality TV show called "All-American Muslim."
The show, which was intended as a portrait of everyday life for Muslim-Americans living in Dearborn, Michigan, has drawn the ire of the Florida Family Association. In emails to the show's advertisers, the FFA claims that "All-American Muslim" is "propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda." They've called on all retailers to pull their ads from the program.
Instead of ignoring all that crazy, Lowe's did what they wanted.
"All-American Muslim" profiles several families in Dearborn -- two expectant parents, a cop's family, a young entrepreneur, a football coach -- in their everyday lives and in their struggle against bigotry in a post-9/11 America.
But this sinister baby-having, football-coaching community is deliberately hiding the truth about their religion according to FFA:
Clearly this program is attempting to manipulate Americans into ignoring the threat of jihad and to influence them to believe that being concerned about the jihad threat would somehow victimize these nice people in this show.
Lowe's was willing to bend to their demands. That decision got a huge reaction from Sen. Ted Lieu of South Carolina, who called it bigoted and "un-American." He's threatening legislative action against the company.
On Saturday, the retailer posted an apology on its Facebook page, saying in part:
Lowe's has received a significant amount of communication on this program, from every perspective possible. Individuals and groups have strong political and societal views on this topic, and this program became a lighting rod for many of those views. As a result we did pull our advertising on this program.
That did nothing to quell the tidal wave of criticism, which now includes a reaction from Rep. Ellison, who is, of course, himself Muslim. Yesterday he released the following statement:
"Lowe's Corporation has chosen to uphold the beliefs of a fringe hate group and not the creed of The First Amendment, which guarantees the free exercise of religion. This is disappointing since the success of 'All-American Muslim' shows how ready the country is to learn about Muslims as Americans. This probably makes hate mongers uncomfortable--as they should be. Our nation's history is full of examples demonstrating how we have repeatedly torn down false divisions hate groups choose to create. But the struggle against bigotry and hatred must continue so we never give in to intolerance like Lowe's Corporation has done. Corporate America needs to take a stand against these anti-Muslim fringe groups and stand up for what is right because this is what it means to be an American."
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