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My Take: Is ‘All-American Muslim’ begetting all-American bigotry?
One of the families on TLC's "All-American Muslim."
December 12th, 2011
10:29 PM ET

My Take: Is ‘All-American Muslim’ begetting all-American bigotry?

Editor's note: Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, global media commentator and author of the book "Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era."

By Arsalan Iftikhar, Special to CNN

Imagine for a moment that a major American corporation decided to remove its commercials from a reality television show highlighting the everyday lives of Latinos, African-Americans, members of the LGBT community or Jewish Americans because of coordinated letter-writing campaigns from right-wing organizations.

If you think this kind of bigotry could not happen in modern-day America, you would be absolutely wrong.

The hardware and building supply chain Lowe’s has pulled its TV commercials from future episodes of TLC’s new reality show “All-American Muslim” after a letter-writing campaign by the Florida Family Association, a Christian group.

The Tampa-based organization has urged companies to pull ads because it alleges the show is “propaganda clearly designed to counter legitimate and present-day concerns about many Muslims who are advancing Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia law.”

This argument is lunacy and is a pretext for bigotry against Muslims, plain and simple. Using this sophomoric logic, the TLC reality show "Sister Wives" is a covert campaign to promote fundamentalist Mormon polygamy across America.

Nonetheless, in response to the growing controversy, Lowe's issued a terribly weak statement (and non-apology) on its Facebook page which states, 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 lightning rod for many of those views. As a result, we did pull our advertising on this program.”

Wait a minute, Lowe’s. Exactly what "topic" are you talking about? Are we 7 million American Muslims merely a "topic" to discuss in today’s America? In 2011, do we live in a country in which an entire minority group can be dehumanized as a “topic?”

Plus, it is cowardly for Lowe’s not to  even mention this "topic" (aka Muslims) by name in its public statements.

What if right-wing groups were mobilizing against a television show highlighting the everyday lives of Latinos, African-Americans, Jewish people or gay people? Would Lowe’s have buckled?

Of course not.

What makes this national controversy all the more troubling is that many of the more than 12,000 comments responding to Lowe’s Facebook statement endorse the chain store’s decision, and in jingoistic language that is a lot less oblique than Lowe’s. Here are some of the comments that were showcased by BuzzFeed:

- “Thank you Lowes, for pulling your advertising from “All American Muslims” show (there is no such thing as “All American Muslims”).”

- “[The women on the TLC show] were almost pretty, till they put rags on their heads.”

- “How dare these people come into our country and try to take over and push their religion onto us!”

- “Thank you for pulling your support for American Muslim, now I will come back and shop in your stores.”

I wonder whether these people would ever have the guts to say these same things about other religious and ethnic groups in America today.

Do these people know that the cast members for "All-American Muslim" include a federal agent and a deputy chief of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, both of whom are proud American Muslims?

Do they know that some of America’s foremost heroes and celebrities, from boxer Muhammad Ali to comedian Dave Chappelle, are proud Muslims?

Just as anti-black, anti-Semitic, homophobic or anti-Latino campaigns should have no place in our country, it is important for Americans of all races, religions and ethnicities to stand up against the bigoted campaign against "All-American Muslim."

Otherwise, TLC might as well change the name of its show to "All-American Bigotry."

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Arsalan Iftikhar.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Islam • Opinion • TV

soundoff (2,079 Responses)
  1. Frank!

    I visited the female genital mutilation page, and OH MY GOD!

    I truly pity Muslim girls. And, in case you didn't know. It also happens right here in the US.

    http://sheikyermami.com/2007/05/31/female-genital-mutilation-is-part-of-the-sunna-of-the-prophet/

    December 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Bob

      But did it excite you?

      December 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • hjh

      genital mutilation is an african cultural practice (nothing to do wiht Islam). Christians in Africa, iron their girls breasts and also kill women for being witches.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • Arif

      Female genital mutilation is not part of Islam. If any freak believes in it then he must bring his proof from Islamic text. Dont be ignorant and hate monger.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • BG

      " genital mutilation is an african cultural practice (nothing to do wiht Islam)."

      It seems that lying is one of the "Pillars of Islam"

      December 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • BG

      Arif illustrates some key issues here. First, offer a simple denial and then lob a few ad-homs to complete the distraction. Then, more importantly, insist on acceptable "Islamic text." If anyone did have the temerity to list multiple media, religious, or governmental sources, they would, of course, all be unacceptable.

      It's the same tactic as the "acceptable translation of the koran" argument. SSDD.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • PhillyRN

      Hjh, that is a common misconception. FGM survives in the Muslim world outside of the African continent carried on the edicts of the Koran, which are cited at the website in the original Arabic and in translation:

      http://sheikyermami.com/2007/05/31/female-genital-mutilation-is-part-of-the-sunna-of-the-prophet/

      December 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  2. Captain America

    Lowe's sells box cutters

    December 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  3. Rusty Shackleford

    Race bait!!!

    December 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  4. Tyler Noble

    A very revealing passage clearly espoused by Mr. Arsalan Iftikhar is as follows:

    Wait a minute, Lowe’s. Exactly what "topic" are you talking about? Are we 7 million American Muslims merely a "topic" to discuss in today’s America? In 2011, do we live in a country in which an entire minority group can be dehumanized as a “topic?”

    I sincerely doubt that Lowe's is in the market for dehumanizing American Muslims and subsequently the Dar al-Islam which join all Muslims together. Lowe's found resistance towards their backing of a specific show from a competing group and wanted to disjoin itself from the program. In no way is this 'dehumanizing' Muslims nor is it taking a stand towards a specific worldview. Lowe's is actually staying neutral and backing out of the program is the only way they could achieve this goal. To Lowe's, the dollar rules all and to ostracize an entire group is not good for business.

    The Florida Family Association is allowed to show their ignorance to the world, as is their rite (and yes the spelling was intended as a pun). To cherry pick the most vitriolic statements in support of Lowe's move, seen as a thumbing of the nose at Muslims, paints an inaccurate picture of the landscape.

    Put away your contempt and virulence let go your own paranoia of victimization. Speaking as an atheist, I still believe I am the most hated minority in the country. Recently, the American Cancer Society refused a one million dollar donation from an atheist group because of their affiliation. No tears were shed, no anger vented, and coverage of that OBVIOUS discrimination.

    In the end, some people enjoy steeping in their crudeness. The trick is to move along and leave these troglodytes behind.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  5. Red Skye

    I see bigotry is alive and well in this country. This will only get worst as less and less emphasis is put on education.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Red Skye

      *worse

      December 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • PhillyRN

      Is it bigoted to do this to little girls in the name of Islam?

      http://sheikyermami.com/2007/05/31/female-genital-mutilation-is-part-of-the-sunna-of-the-prophet/

      So who are the bigots again? Looking forward to your reply.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • HellBent

      The bigot, PhillyRN, would be the person that as.sumes that all muslims support this. If you're looking for one, I'm sure there's a mirror near you somewhere.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • PhillyRN

      Hell Bent, how many Muslim nations is FGM practiced in? How many clerics support it? Since there is a plurality of support for it, then there is a plurality of supporters.

      Read the whole post, and absorb the many clerics who state that FGM is necessary and required by the Koran. Advocates have been trying without success to end the procedure, but always the resistance comes from the religion itself.

      I wish there was a more Disney view, but there isn't. You either oppose this, or you support it:

      http://sheikyermami.com/2007/05/31/female-genital-mutilation-is-part-of-the-sunna-of-the-prophet/

      December 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • PhillyRN

      As a nurse I would not be at all surprised of at least a few of the women on the show were themselves subjected to FGM, or even believe that it is necessary for their own daughters.

      Imagine my shock as a nurse to be told by an intelligent, educated Muslim woman that she "believes" in this practice because it is "required by Islam."

      You can then pick up your jaw off the floor as you call Child Protective Services.

      I think people have to deal with the reality of HOW Islam is practiced and I would have been gratified to see the show do this. It did not. Except for the poor dog that was banished from his home of 14 years, little of the cruelties of real Islam in practice today were covered.

      FGM exists in the modern world today primarily and overwhelmingly because of Islam:

      http://sheikyermami.com/2007/05/31/female-genital-mutilation-is-part-of-the-sunna-of-the-prophet/

      I look forward to your liberal denials as you struggle to force your square peg liberal correctness into the round hole of fact.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • HellBent

      "I think people have to deal with the reality of HOW Islam is practiced and I would have been gratified to see the show do this."

      So, the show didn't support your own ignorant, fear-based preconceived notions ... so the show is wrong. Got it.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @PhillyRN

      If it makes you feel better, I agree with you. Islam is just one of the many religions subjecting people to ridiculous rules and regulations, requires people to believe in something or else face punishment (in some places more harsh than others). Instead of promoting religion, we need to show the true ugly side, the underbelly of religious practices and the subjugation it brings to the adherents. Want to help my find a show like that about christians, jews, hindus, muslims, etc....?

      December 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • PhillyRN

      What would make me feel better is if liberals and Muslims in the US banded together to fight FGM instead of trying to candy coat Islamic practice in the modern world based on the Koran.

      Never forget that millions of little girls are subjected to this all over the Muslim world every day. You don't see it in the news much because Muslims will hysterically claim it is not Islam even as their own clerics state that it is, and no editor wants CAIR breathing down their neck or the subsequent legal jihad.

      But instead liberals have committed to defending Islam in any form at all costs. This is what you are protecting:

      http://sheikyermami.com/2007/05/31/female-genital-mutilation-is-part-of-the-sunna-of-the-prophet/

      This gets a pass from American liberals. It gets to survive another generation without interference by people who consider themselves to be generous, open minded, and thoughtful.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @Philly

      It's not "liberals and muslims" who are doing this, it's people who don't like it when other people hate one another based on stereotypes and what not. Call us crazy, but I think you need to judge people based on their specific actions alone instead of cherry picking things that are offensive to you and applying to a very large population.

      Also, have many circu.mcisions have you performed? Obviously you're down with performing the circ.umcisions on boys because it isn't has harmful and yet it's done without the permission of the child, leaves a lasting impression and sometimes even kills them. I've had to research female circu/mcision and it's quite gruesome, do you know where it's generally performed? I'll give you a hint, it's not everywhere and a very large majority of muslims abstain from the practice now. Yet, you're still pushing your agenda, which is fine, that's your right, but just know that if you want to really go through with that, then you have to face having the mirror pointing directly back at you and all the offensive things you do in the name of religion, yes?

      December 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • Mohammed

      PhillyRN you are one hell of a comedian! In one of the posts you were a doctor seeing patients coming to your office on a daily basis with genitalia mutated, and now you are a nurse!

      You are done alot for this country, thank you! Now if you just remove the veil of ignorance and see what the reality is...

      December 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  6. FedUp

    I'm heading to Lowes to show my support. The reason they are even here to be on a reality show is because of the freedom that the USA offers. And I might add that we earned it at the sacrifisce of defending America through the lives of our service heros...not by killing inocent and unarmed victims...

    December 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Kit

      Well said!

      December 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      I guess you're right... the Native Americans weren't unarmed... they had bows and arrows...

      December 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • Les

      Duh! This incorrect. There are stories on the news almost weekly of US troops kil-ling innocents in battle zones. Exactly the same thing we accuse the "enemy" of doing. And we seem to forget that Xtianity was directly responsible for the murder of 6,000,000-12,000,000 Europeans during the Inquisition and later protestant witch burnings.

      BTW, the Koran clearly states that Jews, Xtians and Muslims are ALL people of the book. In it's early manifestation, Islam was actually a sect of Xtianity and it is still viewed correctly as a Judeo-Xtian subset by many scholars.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  7. mother

    I will no longer shop at Lowe's. This is a country that is made up of all ethnicities and we are all still Americans. I have friends that are Muslim and I have great respect for them and the way they conduct their lives. I am ashamed when I read the comments and realize many of the above commenters have most likely never met a Muslim. I pray for our country.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Big Tex

      Mom! Meatloaf!

      December 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • PhillyRN

      I've taken care of Muslim patients, and I've dealt with the aftermath of this:

      http://sheikyermami.com/2007/05/31/female-genital-mutilation-is-part-of-the-sunna-of-the-prophet/

      This is performed in the name of Islam. The media doesn't like to cover such troubling sides of the religion. But it is not right to ignore it. Who are the bigots? The people who decry these and other deprivations of human rights committed in the name of Islam, or those who pretend they don't exist?

      December 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Male circumcision is performed in the name of god.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • BG

      Never mind HotAirAce. He's still píssed at his parents for removing his foreskin without his permission.

      He must have an ugly little nubbin. Ah, well. He'll get over it someday. At least his folks had it done by a qualified doctor instead of an Muslim grandmother using a rusty razor blade.

      Be thankful for small favors. (Or at least that's what your wife says.)

      December 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  8. Frank!

    http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSE2OJvEuLhK5vb5tBBF2M7vk0qJpsJovr-nP_dxoyOq6ELynYMyw

    December 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  9. Lydia

    Thank you Lowes. You just showed your stripes. I for one will make sure never to set foot in your store again unless you reverse course.

    Your are aiding and abetting all those who are narrow-minded and racist. Plus you are doing the same thing extremists do of any religion and that is to spread false claims based on emotion.

    Shame on you!

    December 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • PhillyRN

      Lydia, who are you going to boycott about this?

      http://sheikyermami.com/2007/05/31/female-genital-mutilation-is-part-of-the-sunna-of-the-prophet/

      December 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Big Tex

      you tell 'em girlfriend. I'm sure you've got them shaking in their boots now!

      December 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • GodPot

      @PhillyRN – really? Shake your mommy dot com?

      December 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Frank!

      I personally will continue shopping at Lowes because they will re-key locks, and Home Depot near my house stopped doing it.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Harold

      Thanks Lowes and I WILL be shopping at your store. You have a right to advertize where ever you want and to stop advertizing where ever you want – without having to explain your actions to anyone. The bigotry is from those who want to deny you Lowe's the right to choose where to place their marketing dollars.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • Mohammed

      This is a comment regarding Phillys little link there...that is not allowed in Islam, but like every other religion some people deviate and come up with their own ideologies. I could pick many christian sects that have deviated from their religion and come up with extremist ideologies, same for Jeudiasim. So putting up that video without doing any research is completely ignorant and stupid on your behalf.

      Lydia I commend your comment, I hope that more Americans start waking up and taking a look at the world around them. You're not the only civilization living in this world.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • PhillyRN

      As the link contains, there is enormous clerical support in Islam for FGM, and in Egypt, a leading Islamic University continues to support the practice. About 95% of Egyptian girls are subjected to it. But I bet you didn't know that, because the media is so devoted to ignoring anything that might be troubling about Islam today, and pretending a sort of moderate Islam exists in these countries where this is performed, and it is performed all over the Muslim world and where ever there are large Muslim communities.

      The quotes from the Koran on the practice are contained in the site, and these are used to continue the practice. Can Islam be a great world religion when it demands that such acts are performed in its name?

      http://sheikyermami.com/2007/05/31/female-genital-mutilation-is-part-of-the-sunna-of-the-prophet/

      December 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  10. Slim Jenkins

    It's sad how much ignorance there is in this country. If you don't like a show, don't watch it. If you don't believe in a religion, don't follow it. There's no need for all this ignorant hate.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Kit

      Yeah...no reason at all IF you can forgive 9/11.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Slim Jenkins

      @kit – So when any member of a certain religion does something horrible I should hold every member of that religion responsible? If that was the case I wouldn't trust anyone.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Kit

      Slim, my point is that the perpetuators of 9/11 were also living among us and portraying themselves to be peace loving Americans. I will trust a Muslim the day I see them erradicating the terrorists among them.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • HellBent

      @Kit,

      What are you doing to eliminate the Timothy McVeigh's of the world?

      December 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • GodPot

      @Kit – "IF you can forgive 9/11."

      how about:

      "If you can forgive over 150 years of apartheid in America"
      "If you can forgive the trail of tears"
      "If you can forgive invading Iraq on false pretenses"
      "If you can forgive torturing suspects to get confessions"

      I did not partake in any of those things other than paying my taxes, and its likely neither did you, so why should you or I be held responsible? The answer is, we shouldn't, and neither should every muslim be held accountable for 9/11.

      I'd offer to bake you some cookies but it appears you used all my tin foil for your hat...

      December 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      check this out kit, I can forgive 9/11 I’m really sorry that America did nothing to prevent it even after receiving Intel 2 months in advance, I’m really sorry that a year before 9/11 the CIA let Osama go after the Sudanese had them him in custody and the tried to hand him to us,.. we said no. I’m really sorry that are president and his administration fell victim to hubris and optimism and allowed this atrocity to happen, I’m sorry that our forging relation with the genocidal regime of Israel lead you to take a devastating strike on our people. I understand that you sought justice for those being slaughtered by Israel, so you proceeded to attack not just them but their allies. I understand that your actions were guided by love of your people who are suffering under an oppressive state.

      You see kit a hart field apology to parties involved.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  11. Dave Monroe

    Gee, we've let the Amish wear their unusual clothing and head coverings and follow their extreme (for most of us) religious customs for a few hundred years. Could it be because they're caucasian? Oh, wait, a few crazy Amish didn't do 9/11, that's right. But a white Christian did the Oklahoma City bombing. Shouldn't we ban all TV shows featuring caucasian Christians?

    December 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • PhillyRN

      One lone wolf does not a violent global incursion make. One rogue doesn't define a faith. But violence in Islam is defined in the Koran as mandated by the Prophet.

      I really recommend that people go to a library, check out a Koran, and read it. Read the last half. Then get back to us. I didn't define Islam this way in the modern world, but millions of Muslims do. Kind of makes it hard to exhibit tolerance toward someone who wants to kill me.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      Trust me i have been trying to get the 700 club of the air for years

      December 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Kit

      The race card doesn't apply here...we're talking about a religion, not a race. Secondly, the Amish are a peace loving, law abiding people...Muslims are not noted for being either.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      Seriously who to need to look up the parallels in your own faith, and further more jesus is the most quoted prophet in the Quran

      December 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Frank!

      Sam is right. The 700 Club sucks!

      December 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Brad

      That's because the Amish, unlike Muslims, do not have a theology that encourages the use of violence to advance their religion, and certainly have not represented a threat to peace, either in the US or worldwide. Unfortunately, Islam is inextricably tied together with violence, and has left a bloody trail of Islamicly inspired attacks across the world, each and every year. It's not just a few "crazies" within Islam either, and no amount of wishful thinking on your part will change the fact that recent and respected academic studies have placed the percentage of Muslims that agree with or support violent jihad at 10% or more of Muslims worldwide. That's at least 100,000,000 Muslims. Why is it a problem to make the same demands of Islam that we make of every other religion? Specifically to live in peace with others, support freedom of expression, and refrain from using violence to defend or advance your religion?

      December 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Harold

      The Okla bomber did not bomb the federal building in the name of his religion...he did it because of his anger regarding his goverment. If you can not see the difference your are blind

      December 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  12. Kit

    I wholeheartedly support Lowe's decision. TLC's All American Muslim is not going to improve their image...the only way they can accomplish that is to actively and forcefully weed out the radicals. Let's not forget that the men who carried out 9/11 were also living among us and portraying themselves as peace loving Americans....so we've been there, done that and we all know the outcome. I'm sorry to say that I will not trust any Muslim until they do more than pay lip service to the eradication of terrorism. Horray for Lowes for taking a stand.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Gloria

      Kit: The way you're talking, you are making it seem that no Christian has ever done something murderous or stupid and used their religion as an excuse. There are Christian fundamentalists who have done things as bad or worse than 9\11. Nobody is forgiving the people who murdered all those people in New York, PA and DC. All we're doing is saying that not every Muslim everywhere feels the same way or is as radical as those people were. You can't tar the entire religion because of the actions of a few people.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Kit

      Gloria, I was speaking about Muslims because that is the topic at hand. I didn't mention Christianity because it's not pertinent so I'll thank you for not putting words in my mouth! Secondly, there are more than a "few" terrorists among them. Thirdly, I did not so much as insinuate that there aren't peaceful Muslims but no one knows whcih is which, Gloria. They are going to have to do more than pay lip service to ridding their religion of the terroists before I will trust them.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  13. Sam Yaza

    you know it really worms the co-ckles of my heart to see all the Christians bashing Islam the own brothers who worship the same Abrahamic God, it makes me so happy to see such dysfunction among your ranks, while those the three of you have persecuted for 3000 years are gathering united and moving forward, yupp! warms the Fu-ck out of my co-ckles, It’s a great time to be in a earth centered religion.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • PhillyRN

      Sam, no one is saying hate or hurt Muslims, or deprive them of their rights. But Muslims don't extend the same consideration.

      That's the problem here. Where are the people protesting these acts performed all over the world in the name of Holy Islam?

      http://sheikyermami.com/2007/05/31/female-genital-mutilation-is-part-of-the-sunna-of-the-prophet/

      That never made the TLC show for some reason. Some learning channel.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  14. Fadinsky

    what matters is how you're raised not where you are from ... I want to remind everybody that Steve Jobs, is Muslim and Syrian ... adopted and raised in the US .... and look how much he contributed to the world. Religion is not about what you label it, it's how you live it and the purpose you use it for ... stay open ... or you become like "them".

    December 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • Brad

      Steve Jobs was never Muslim. He was raised Christian and became a Buddhist. His birth father was nominally a Muslim, and his birth mother was Catholic. His birth mother and father married, after his birth, in a Catholic church.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Harold

      Steve Jobs from all evidence was not a Muslim- but had a Muslim father. He was married in a Buddist cermeony.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Kit

      Are you serious about holding Steve Jobs up as a shinning example? He accomplished a lot in his life but he was by no means an example of compassion, love, understanding, peace or anything remotely similiar to a decent human being..

      December 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  15. Tony

    these florida christians have obviously forgot that they also have fundamentalists aka. the klan. they're no better than any religion. simple hypocrites.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • bobbyfrank

      These very same "christians" would reject Jesus if he were to show up today.
      They probably would recognize Him – the whole notion that he went and had dinner in Matthew's house...

      December 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • PhillyRN

      Christians are protesting the show because Christians are getting killed now in the Islamic world. Muslims kliled Coptic Christians recently in Egypt, with more murders likely. Muslims kille Christians in Nigeria and Kenya, and that was just this week.

      Yet the show preaches brotherly love of Muslims without even raising the issue of violent religious repression in Islam.

      Tolerance of intolerance and violence doesn't make you a good liberal. It makes you a fool.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  16. American Christian

    I'll never shop at Lowe's again. It is un-American and un-Christian to discriminate against anyone for their race, color, age or religious beliefs.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Big Tex

      I'm sure they'll miss your annual purchase of light bulbs.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • mm

      EXACTLY!

      December 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  17. rick

    Bigotry? BS. Lets hate something for what it stands for !... Muslims have vowed to destroy America. FAR TOO FEW Muslim organizations and leaders have LEAD the chorus AGAINST the muslim extremists. Bigotry. I think not. Reality? Yes.

    And Lowes has EVERY right to pull and ad for an unpopular commercial regardless of their reasons.

    In this case, Lowes ultimately answers to the consumers.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  18. travelinpants

    I agree with Greg S. Complacency and a non-denunciation of the small % of Islamic/Muslims terrorists has yet to be addressed on this show or any American Muslim group to my knowledge publicly. I say there should be Anti-Terrorist Islamic/Muslim Groups world wide that denounce and work with their fellow Muslims and the west to capture and destroy these incestrious ideas and actions against non muslims. I am tired of MY country accommodating these people when they are not Pro-Christian and Pro-Jew OR Pro-anyotherreligion besides their own..

    December 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Amy Fuller

      Its actually NOT your country...your ancestors stole from red indians after murdering them...fyi

      December 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Kit

      Amy, why stop at 1776 to make your point...why not hold everyone responsible for what their ancestors did since the beginning of time? What happened to the native Americans was not just...but you just gotta let things go sooner or later. MOST nations were founded by one race and "taken over" or "conquered" by another...get over it!

      December 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  19. Marcus Anthony

    Although I do not agree that Lowe's should have pulled their ad based on complaints about Muslims, I do believe that a company has the right to spend their money where they see fit.

    I would like to mention that the facebook post the author mentioned does apologize, in their own way, and has much more to say than the author claims it did. Below is the facebook post from Lowe's:

    Lowe's Home Improvement
    It appears that we managed to step into a hotly contested debate with strong views from virtually every angle and perspective – social, political and otherwise – and we’ve managed to make some people very unhappy. We are sincerely sorry. We have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, across our workforce and our customers, and we’re proud of that longstanding commitment.

    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. We believe it is best to respectfully defer to communities, individuals and groups to discuss and consider such issues of importance.

    We strongly support and respect the right of our customers, the community at large, and our employees to have different views. If we have made anyone question that commitment, we apologize.

    Thank you for allowing us to further explain our position.
    Like · Comment · Saturday at 1:41pm ·

    December 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Richard Aberdeen

      You say, "a company has a right to spend their money where they see fit'. As in, no people of dark skin allowed at our lunch counters, as we only spend our money making counters for white people, for example? Or, How about, we will only sell ladders and shovels to "real' Americans from now on, that is, those who are white, anglo, saxon and protestant and who have the red necks to prove it? Or how about, we will only hire these same "real" Americans, after all, we have a right to spend our money where we wish, right?

      December 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • BW

      I agree with everything you said. While I don't agree with their logic, it is their choice to place ads where they want, just like if it upsets some people, its their choice to not shop at Lowe's

      December 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  20. Henry Jones

    Jewish, Mormon, Christian, Buddhist, African American, Latino, Asian and White people do not throw bombs or kill people in the name of their religion or race – Muslims do!

    December 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • yowzah

      Henry, when your mother and her brother conceived you did they know they were further inbreeding your family gene pool?

      December 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Carolyn

      You mean like that infamous Muslim-American, Timothy McVeigh?

      December 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Donna

      I suggest you look at your history, you are very wrong.....

      December 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • ASHAMED

      Yeah christians just send drones...

      December 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Jon

      Just when you think you've read something the dumbest human being on earth, you read something like this.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Richard Aberdeen

      Anybody who has picked up a history book knows this is an absolute lie. EVERY single group you mentioned has killed millions of people in the name of their religion. Go figure.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • Lydia

      What about the KKK? They did and still do much worse.

      And who can forget Timothy McVeigh who killed 168 people more than 10 years ago?

      Oh and let's not forget the Crusades.

      There is hatred and bigotry with any religion. The unfortunate part is we allow the extreme factions to usually dictate what is and what is not allowed and then we keep silent.

      I suspect the majority of Muslims don't want to kill but want to live in peace as is the majority of Christians. All you need is the few in both religions to ruin it for the rest of us.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • PhillyRN

      Tolerance of Muslim violence today doesn't make you a good liberal. It makes you a fool.

      Why are you more worked up about who advertises on this silly show rather than Islamic violence like this?

      http://sheikyermami.com/2007/05/31/female-genital-mutilation-is-part-of-the-sunna-of-the-prophet/

      December 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • gateway

      Timothy McVeigh did.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
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