Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Say no to bigotry! Boycott Lowes!

All-American Muslim is a new reality show on TLC that follows American Muslim families as they go about their daily lives in Dearborn, Michigan. One critic described it as "a heartfelt story of immigration and assimilation that is as American as apple pie." My husband and I really enjoy watching the show, it is more reality than anything about Islam.

But some on the religious right are upset that the show doesn't portray Muslims as anti-American extremists, so they're threatening to boycott its advertisers. How hilarious is that?! The Muslims on the show are not terrorists and these bigots are mad about it! Even worse, hardware chain Lowe's has caved in, pulled its ads, and released a cowardly statement saying they want to avoid a "hotly contested debate."

During the last few years we’ve seen anti-Muslim bigotry rise to new levels as professional fear mongers have exploited public ignorance about Islam to create a climate of fear and suspicion.

These anti-Muslim extremists have created a series of baseless controversies (the “Ground Zero mosque,” “creeping Sharia” law overtaking the Constitution, etc.) to get airtime for their radical conspiracy theories that Muslim-Americans are part of a secret global plot to destroy our country.

Having been rewarded with funding, media coverage and political influence by mainstream conservatives, they’re now lashing out at anyone who debunks their ridiculous, hateful views.

That's why it's so important for us to show that the overwhelming majority of religious people are opposed to this anti-Islamic bigotry. Please join me in voicing your displeasure to Lowes (write them a letter or go to their facebook page) and by not patronizing the store.


Blogger secret agent woman said...

Oh, I so hate to hear that. Why in the world couldn't they just do the right thing?

7:23 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

There are so many ignorant bigots about that it makes me ill and enraged to even think about it.

1:38 AM  
Blogger Virginia Gal said...

Secret Agent - I don't get it either.

Brenda - amen sister!

12:10 AM  

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