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Lowe's pulls ads from 'All-American Muslim' after 'ordinary' portrayal protested
Samira Amen, who's featured in "All-American Muslim."
December 10th, 2011
09:10 PM ET

Lowe's pulls ads from 'All-American Muslim' after 'ordinary' portrayal protested

By James Hibberd, Entertainment Weekly

(Entertainment Weekly) – A TLC reality show offering a positive portrayal of Muslim life has come under protest and at least one advertiser has pulled its support.

Hardware store giant Lowe’s has yanked ads from the series after the Florida Family Association encouraged members to email the program’s advertisers.

“The show profiles only Muslims that appear to be ordinary folks while excluding many Islamic believers whose agenda poses a clear and present danger to liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish,” the group said about the show, a docu-soap chronicling everyday Muslim families in Dearborn, Michigan that debuted last month. “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.”

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- Dan Merica

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  1. David Johnson

    The Muslims are not the bear at the door. Someday... maybe. They need to be watched.

    Better be careful with the Christian nuts. They are fun to poke fun at, for sure. But they have a terrifying "wishlist".

    Christian Right Agenda = Christian Theocracy

    Theocracy = A government ruled by or subject to religious authority.

    Christian Right = Predominately Evangelicals

    This threat to American freedom, is at the door.

    The Texas history books are rewriting history to give the conservative slant. The objective of this effort, is to create a Christian Nation, a theocracy with Jesus as Head of State.
    The recent article about the letter to the Jews, from George Washington, must sting like a son-of-a-gun. We are a secular nation. Thank god!

    A huge campaign is underway, to convince the American people, the founding fathers never intended a separation of church and state. Thomas Jefferson's role as a founding father is played down. In some cases Jefferson is smudged.

    Expect an attack on the 1st and 14th Amendments. The founding fathers will weep.
    Most of the Tea Party are for a Christian Theocracy. The Tea Party is in bed with the Christian Right. A vote for any Tea Party candidate, is a vote for Christian Right domination.

    The Republicans are the puppets of the Christian Right and Rich White Men. If you aren't rich or if you aren't white, then this is not your party. Remember Rand Paul's wish to have limited government that should not force private businesses to abide by civil rights law? Isn't that a tad racist or is it just me? Can you say: "You want me to sit where on the bus?"

    You will see an amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman. Gay rights will dwindle and die.

    Roe Vs. Wade will be reversed. Women will once again be forced to seek back alley remedies. Men may be forced to buy condoms on the black market. You will procreate! Or you will be abstinent! It is not up to you!

    Stem cell research will stagnate. The hopes of damaged and sick people will be dashed. Little Billy better get used to that wheelchair.

    All scientific research will be scrutinized by the Christian Right. "Whether or not a theory is in agreement with the Evangelical's interpretation of god's will", will be the new metric. Get use to hearing "God Did It". No one will dare question otherwise.
    Science classes will be much easier. Much less to remember or think about. 90% of the answers will be "D" – God did it. 30% correct will be passing. 50% will be Valedictorian.
    Makes it pretty easy to get their "sheep skin". Baaaaa!

    Education doesn't matter! Jesus is coming soon. When Perry told of his poor academic performance, The Republicans (Tea Party?) applauded.

    Let's glorify ignorance and stupidity!

    You say you've developed a vaccine that will prevent women from getting cervical cancer? No, Mr. Scientist. You will pour it down the drain! And you will make drugs that prevent STDs no more! So sayeth the Lord...According to the Religious Nuts.

    "Giving the HPV vaccine to young women could be potentially harmful, because they may see it as a license to engage in premarital $ex. Abstinence is the best way to prevent HPV" – Bridget Maher of the Family Research Council

    I would much rather my daughter was lying there dying of cancer, rather than having taken a shot that might have given her out of control urges.

    There was a recent article on the Religious blog about how Evangelical young'uns are not waiting.

    Little Betty is not praying so often, because she is so devout. She is praying for her Aunt Flow. Amen!

    P_ornography will be illegal. The Religious Right will decide what is p_ornographic , as well as what is art. You will watch television programs approved by the Evangelicals. Lots of reruns of "Growing Pains", starring that Evangelical darling Kirk Cameron. Thank you Jesus!

    Will museums exhibiting transitional fossils and other evidence of evolution, be deemed po_rnographic and closed? Their exhibits burned?
    Creationism will be taught in public school, most likely alongside evolution rather than instead of, but no guarantees. Creationism/ Intelligent Design will consist of 10 chapters. Evolution will be mentioned on the book jacket cover.

    Vouchers will enable parents to send their child to religious schools. Funds to public schools will dwindle. Quality education will be out of reach for the masses. The finite amount of money, will be spread too thin. Destroying the public school system is the purpose of the voucher system.

    If each faith attends their own school, interacts only with children who believe as they do, Might this not interfere with the melting pot, we often brag about? Won't this increase prejudices? The Catholics once told their children that Jews have horns. *sigh*

    Segregation, is not beneficial. We need to learn to get along, and work together. Toddlers are really good at playing well with others.

    Little Johnny will believe in talking snakes and Zombie Messiahs. He will spend his free time watching the heavens, waiting for Jesus to return. The rest of the world is spending their time learning real science and math. Good luck Johnny. Can you say: "Would you like fries with that?" And you Betty! Lots of jobs overseas. With your qualifications, there is a pole with your name on it, waiting for you.

    State-sanctioned Prayer will be in our schools. The Christian Right think they know better than the Founding Fathers and want to tamper with the Bill of Rights. They want to amend the U.S. Const_itution, so that the Government would legally sponsor and take over the activity of prayer. Only the one true god, the Christian god, will be given homage. The god(s), of all other faiths, will be subservient to the Christian god. Muslim parents will need to make this clear to their children. Will the Catholics and the Mormons be Christian enough? What about the Jehovah Witnesses? The Evangelicals / Jesus will determine this.
    The non-Christians will be allowed to put their heads down on their desks, during the morning worship. They can contemplate their damnation, for not accepting Jesus.

    $ex education will consist of abstinence only. Studies have shown it is a worthless concept. But, it will please the religious fanatics. Why did little Betty have her purity ring reshaped into a tongue stud?

    The war against unions, commenced during the Reagan administration, will continue. Labor will be humbled. They will accept the wages they are offered and should be grateful to get it. The Mexicans won't come here for jobs, anymore. The rate of pay won't justify the effort.

    Say goodbye to enti_tlements. Medicare will be changed to a voucher system. When Grandma is out of vouchers, she is out of luck. Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme! We will reduce Grandmas' pension a % for each, predetermined, increment of life.

    Our elderly will die earlier than they would like. But, they have the promise of an afterlife to comfort them. Unless of course, they haven't accepted Jesus. Then, they will burn in a place created by an all loving and all just god, for all eternity.
    Best for them to concentrate on the pie in the sky. Works better than opium for a lot of people.

    Go toward the light, Grandma... Grandpa is waiting for you.
    We love you Grandma. But, the Republicans have taken away Medicare and cut your Social Security. Go to sleep, now.

    The government will turn over Medicade and the rest of the programs for the p_oor, to the Christian Right. They will decide who will receive help and who will not. No longer will the criteria for receiving help, simply be income. Every dime given, will have "strings". The poor will be beholden to the Evangelicals.

    The Christian Right has embraced Paul as the moral lawgiver. Paul's First Ep_istle of Paul to the Thessalonians, is often quoted by the Republicans. You never hear them quote Jesus' advice to the rich. You don't bite the hand that feeds you. Jesus will understand.

    The Republicans applaud the executions, of human beings. The more the merrier. They will be a burden to the state, no more! If it turns out some were actually innocent, god will set it right... Providing they have accepted Christ.

    Perhaps trials aren't necessary. Send the accused directly to god's justice! We are a Christian nation!! Are we not the hand of god?

    The accused are of another faith, you say? Give them a chance to pray the Sinners Prayer, and send them to judgment.

    The Republicans screamed, "YES", when asked if an uninsured man should be allowed to die.
    If you read the Good Samaritan parable told by Jesus, you might come away with the idea that Jesus wouldn't agree.
    But, I bet Jesus will change His mind once the Evangelicals rule in His name.

    Could be, Jesus will feel compelled to rewrite the entire bible, leaving out those obviously unclear parts. The Evangelicals will help Jesus clear them up. Guaranteed!

    Jesus will be the Head of State! He will be represented by an empty chair at the head of the leadership table. Only the Evangelicals will be able to hear His voice. They will tell the rest of us His will.
    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!
    The Evangelicals will rule in the name of a non-existent demigod.

    "Theocracies generally do not tolerate freedom of expression. They believe their dogma is divine; that it comes from divine revelation (directly from God as in Moses on Mount Sinai) and therefore, no dissenting opinion can be accurate or helpful. This often leads to widespread abuse of basic human rights."
    http://www.duhaime.org/LegalDictionary/T/Theocracy.aspx

    WoW! If the above quote doesn't make you wanna puke...

    The Evangelicals are not content to run their own lives. They want to get, by political means, what Jesus never has and never will give them, by returning.

    Vote for the Dems in 2012. There are a lot of things I would like to see changed in the Democratic Party, but at least they are not insane.

    Thank God, this country is a secular nation.

    Remember, Jesus won't really be in charge. It will be an Evangelical idiot.

    Cheers!

    December 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • Little Jenny

      My daddy says you are a very good writer and says we won't run over you with the Death Trolley if we see you in time.
      The Death Trolley is very fast! We ran over Doc Vestibule last time because he forgot how fast the Death Trolley was.

      My daddy says don't worry about those nasty Republicans! We always run them over so fast they are so dumb!
      Love and kisses! XOXOXOXOX! p.s. daddy says thank you for fighting the fundies! He has many fundie scalps on his wall in the kitchen. Now Mr.Wuggums will not come in the back door I think he is a silly cat. XO

      December 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • Mr.Wuggums

      idjajefiaje;

      December 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Reality

      The Supreme Court is already "controlled" by Catholics. How indeed is this country been surviving? 🙂 And don't we already have a "Christmas/Easter" Christian in the White House?

      And then the current religious make-up of Congress appears to basically be that of the religious makeup of the American public.

      From the Pew Forum:

      "Many analysts described the November 2010 midterm elections as a sea change, with Republicans taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives and narrowing the Democratic majority in the Senate. But this political overhaul appears to have had little effect on the religious composition of Congress, which is similar to the religious makeup of the previous Congress and of the nation, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life."

      e.g.

      Congress 59% Protestant, 51% of the general population
      29% Catholic, 24% of the general population

      December 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • JDM

      Thank you sir for curing me of my disdain of those internet posters who use the term "tl:dr". It is entirely likely that I agree with your points, but here on the internet, posts with more than one subject tend to require a blog article to get read.

      December 12, 2011 at 2:50 am |
    • workitout

      You speak the truth. Watch the crazy fundamentalists foam at the mouth while the try to respond to your post. Please keep spreading the word.

      December 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  2. Shamsi

    Great Show. Too bad, Lowe's lost my business!

    December 11, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • Relictus

      Phew! They dodged a bullet, there. =)

      December 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
    • workitout

      Mine too. And, if you take a gander at most of the reaction to Lowes taking their ad off the show, you'll see that most people agree. The Christian right posters are out in droves on the Internet, but they are a REALLY small number in the end, even if they think they're not. They are, and always will be, no matter how many children they sow with their idiotic hatred and fairy tales. You'll make America a Religious State (The Christian version of Sharia Law anyone?) over my dead body. NEVER.

      December 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  3. Jackie Treehorn

    And thus did the Nazis come to power in Germany...because the Lowes of the world were too cowardly to stand up to mob bigotry when they had the chance.

    December 11, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • The Dude

      This aggression will not stand man!!

      December 11, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  4. Rainer Braendlein

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZOCZtQafn4

    December 11, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  5. HotAirAce

    A faith based organization that really wants unbiased representation? I don't believe it and don't think they will want it when a series comes out that mentions a few of the faults of believer charlatans.

    December 11, 2011 at 9:13 am |
  6. sonotso

    She kind of reminds me of "Bunny Rabbit" on Captain Kangaroo and I loved Bunny Rabbit. Bunny Rabbit would never hurt any of us, so leave her alone.

    December 11, 2011 at 8:57 am |
  7. woo

    if octomom, kim kardashian, and who wants to marry a millionaire are allowed a show, why not a muslim family? we had seventh heaven portraying a ministers family and we know not 100% of christians did not live like them. I'm a christian as well, and i've seen many examples of hypocrisys among the Jewish, Christians, and Catholics.

    December 11, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  8. JoeT

    Shame on Lowe's for caving in to bigotry. What next, shall we form Citizens Councils, start burning crosses, and lynching?

    December 11, 2011 at 8:34 am |
  9. AntiPalinAlaskan

    Shame on Lowe's for giving into bigotry and blackmail. No one had any good reason to object to a show that is guilty of nothing else but demonstrating that many, if not most, if not the overwhelming majority of American Muslims are, well, as normal as any of the rest of us can claim to be(which isn't all THAT normal some days, but you know what I mean).

    December 11, 2011 at 5:21 am |
    • DrDoITT

      Islam is all about doing ji-had against any kaffir, i.e. any non muslim. Read the koran, ask Theo Van Gogh (oops he's dead), ask any of the clerics in europe who want sharia law...

      December 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  10. Jeff

    I will be doing MORE business at Lowe's now.

    December 11, 2011 at 2:56 am |
    • Nancy

      So, in other words, you're telling the world that you're a paranoid fundamentalist Christian bigot who thinks that anyone who worships differently is a terrorist, right? Nice world view, guy.

      December 11, 2011 at 3:10 am |
    • works4me

      And I will not...

      December 11, 2011 at 7:27 am |
    • Mr. Hat

      @Nancy
      WHy does he have to be a Christian to be a bigot? There are plenty of bigots in all of the belief systems

      December 11, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • The Dude

      @ Nancy Don't forget many of the atheists who post here would also say the same thing. Birds of a feather flock together.

      December 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Nancy

      Okay, good point, he doesn't necessarily have to be Christian to be a bigot... but there ARE a lot of that ilk in Florida where the controversy originated. My bad for making an assumption. See? Even the "ungodly" can admit mistakes!!

      December 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • DrDoITT

      @Nancy Im not a christian but applaud lowes for this. Islam = fight against kaffirs. google the following terms

      Peace of kuraysh
      Dhimmi
      Jeziya

      Then tell me that you are not perturbed

      December 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Nancy

      @DrDoITT – we're talking about a show that depicts American Muslims. Last time I looked, we weren't under Sharia law, nor were we in danger of getting there anytime soon. In fact, the only religious legislation I see coming down the pike is CHRISTIAN, in an attempt to foist the "morality" and ideals of certain sects of Christians upon the rest of the nation.

      There are extremes in EVERY religion. Picking out the extremes in Islam and attempting to shout "FIRE" in the marketplace about them is disingenuous at best. I will worry about my Islamic American friends and neighbors when I see them try to advance their religious agenda via legislation, as I have seen with the Christians. Until then, you and your ilk can cry "wolf" all you want, but you're only making yourself look foolish in the face of the mult itude of peaceful, kind, warm-hearted Muslims in every part of this country.

      December 11, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • BG

      @ Nancy

      You're either blind to the reality of Islamic tenets, or you're an apologist for their cause. Either way, your voice is compromised. People like you don't matter in this fight (yep, it's a fight, alright.) You're just another vapid little cheer leader, sadly waving your pom-poms for the wrong team.

      Islam is based upon bigotry, duplicity, and deceit.

      December 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • Nancy

      @BG and Christianity ISN'T??? Whew, son, you better go back and check that buybull of your'n, cuz I'ma thinkin' you got yerself some serious issues here.

      Stay in the southland, please, and gravitate toward your fellow militaristic bigots... there are places for you in the real world, but I don't think you'd like them. They mostly cater to those in straitjackets who tend to need lots of padding on the walls.

      Yessiree... them Mooslums is fixin' to take over the whole gosh dang free world, they is! And you are our point man, right there on the front lines of our defense, aren't ya, son? Now, don't forget to clean yer little pop-gun and have it locked and loaded, just in case they come swarmin' down yer street real soon, y'hear?

      You, sir, are guilty of painting an entire, world-wide religion full of individuals with an extremely broad brush. Do you tend to make such sweeping assessments often? If so, I think you might need to see those people with the padded rooms because either your paranoia or your bigotry is going to land you in some mighty hot water someday soon.

      Now, let mommy have her computer back and go play with your toy army some more.

      December 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
    • BG

      Wow. So much insult. You really dug down deep for all the old standards. You're so preoccupied with attack you forgot to answer the tangible issues. Or can't you?

      First one to say 'southland militaristic bigot' loses. Oh, and how about all those different denominations of Islam? You know, differentiating the peaceful ones, the extremists, the moderates, and devout? It's not me "painting with a broad brush," Mo.

      It's your Koran.

      December 11, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • Nancy

      @BG – The "tangible issues," dude, are that you are condemning wholesale an entire group of people without stopping to consider the consequences. You are not seeing the ungodly comparisons that can be made between Islam and Christianity when it comes to hatred, bigotry, deceit, duplicity, venality, murder of innocents, ad nauseum. You have your head so far up your nether region that I almost expect you to tell me that "the only good Mooslum is a dead one." At least, that's how you sound.

      Now, before you further embarrass yourself by making baseless assumptions, I was raised a Catholic. I am not an adherent of Islam or any other organized religion. I don't think that should count when judging a person's worth. Nor do I feel it should be held against them. Apologist, you say? If I truly felt that the majority of Muslim Americans had anything to apologize for, I'd think about it. I don't, however.

      I am sorry you were raised to believe that 'all or nothing' thinking was the way to carry on discussions or handle problem solving, but I'm not one of those people. There are good Muslims, just like there are horrible Christians, Jews, agnostics, atheists and any other religion or non-religion you want to finger. And then, there are horrid Americans, like you, who can't see past their fear and paranoia to the truth about others. Open your eyes, stop living in abject terror, and maybe one day you can become a productive member of a real society, rather than isolating yourself with your like-minded brethren.

      I would pray for you, but anyone with half a brain knows that doesn't work.

      Ramen

      December 11, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • BG

      @ Nancy

      'Dude.' You blew it again. I'm talking about things like Islamic tenets, the dogma that Islam is built upon, the continued clerical endorsement of extremist politics and the unchecked behavior (or implied consent) of the muslim masses and the 'consistency and perfection" accorded to the Koran...

      ... and here you are just doing that diarrhea-of-the-mouth insult thing that you do so well. Besides that, you don't have any idea what an 'apologist' is. So take your immaterial "I was raised a Catholic" mitigation and stow it. I don't care. It doesn't matter what you are/were/want to be/should have been etc.. Further, an argument based solely on colorful ad-homs is moot. Entertaining, but that's about all.

      December 12, 2011 at 12:32 am |
    • Nancy

      @BG

      "I'm talking about things like Islamic tenets, the dogma that Islam is built upon, the continued clerical endorsement of extremist politics and the unchecked behavior (or implied consent) of the muslim masses and the 'consistency and perfection" accorded to the Koran... "

      What the billy hell does that have to do with judging all adherents of a world-wide religion in the same (derogatory) fashion? How does that possibly explain your animosity to ANYONE who claims faith in Islam? How can you even attempt to justify that animosity to individuals born in this country merely on the basis of their religious identification??

      The tenets of Islam are not so far from the tenets set forth in the King James version of the Christian bible. The "consistency and perfection" of the bible is explained as "inerrant," is it not? After all, it is supposedly the "word of god," right? The dogma of Christianity is really, in all essence, little different than that of Islam. As for the "clerical endorsement of extremist politics," I think you need look no further than the Evangelicals who are busy anointing an avowed serial adulterer and cheat as the Republican candidate for President. Does this mean that you are leery of all Christians as well as all Muslims?

      I see no Sharia law being enacted in this country. I see no Muslim politicians on the national stage pushing a heavily religious agenda. I do, however, see numerous so-called Christian politicians meeting with Dominionists, pushing laws specifically designed to fall in line with the tenets of their faith, openly avowing that this country supposedly needs to "return to god." Sadly, the threat that you think you see does not come from the American Muslims living peacefully in the country of their birth (America). The threat that you fear is already coming to pass with each piece of legislation that chips away at the freedoms of ALL people in America, restricting all people to those freedoms defined as "righteous" in the eyes of a religious sect.

      Equally sadly, you see nothing wrong with your view. Just as you saw nothing wrong with characterizing me as a cheerleader feebly waving my pom-poms in support of American Muslims. You saw nothing wrong with calling me an "apologist." I'm not sure what definition YOU use, but I know what the dictionary says. When you get right down to it though, none of it matters. You will still believe that ALL Muslims are to be feared and hated. I will still believe that people like you are the real terrorists. Don't call me a cheerleader, and I won't imply that you're a mouth-breathing redneck, 'k?
      😉
      Happy Holidays!!

      December 12, 2011 at 2:22 am |
    • BG

      Nancy offers us a great example of the old Yogi Berra saying:

      "You can't see what you're not looking for."

      Good luck with that, Nancy.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • Nancy

      @BG – I wish you an equal amount of "luck" escaping from the demons that are obviously out to terrorize you.

      You are so out of touch with reality that it's scary. Srsly, to honestly, truthfully believe that, in an entire world-wide religion, there are NO individuals capable of being non-violent, loving, or kind-hearted?

      Wow. Just... wow.

      To extrapolate further and believe that EVERY SINGLE PERSON who adheres to that religion is out to "get" you because you're American?

      That's paranoia, friend. I strongly suggest you seek help for that, cuz it's gonna get you into a world of trouble if you don't.
      O.o

      December 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
    • BG

      @ Nancy (keeps beating his bongo drums against intolerance and pointing his finger at the crowd... )

      "... in an entire world-wide religion, there are NO individuals capable of being non-violent, loving, or kind-hearted?"
      If they identify themselves as Muslim, they are acknowledging and openly adopting the tenets of Islam as written in their Koran. You tell me what they're 'capable' of doing. Or better still, let's just sit back and watch. They're their own worst enemies when it comes to injuring their credibility.

      "... that EVERY SINGLE PERSON who adheres to that religion is out to "get" you because you're American?"
      You've probably seen my example written here intermittently. I was working on 9/11. The TV's were on in the lobby. As the events unfolded there were several muslims watching, including two 'professionals.' These two were standing at the desk with 'smirks' as several of us observed. They were watching the towers fall while bouncing up and down on their toes. Smiling.

      The Koran is perfect. It must be revered and obeyed in it's entirety without omission. No selectivity allowed, sorry.

      December 12, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • workitout

      BG forgot his meds today. Maybe you can call the Florida Family Association and arrange for a dropoff?

      December 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  11. Nancy

    How many have died throughout history in the name of, or at the hands of, organized religion?? Still, there are peaceful, good, kind, loving people who are followers of ANY religion that comes to mind, Islam included. I've had the opportunity to meet and deal with people in Dearborn and surrounding areas... they truly are no different than the supposedly upright, upstanding citizens who would condemn them. They, too, have hopes, fear, dreams, aspirations and – hard as it might be to believe – they have no intention of perpetrating violence upon their fellow beings in the course of such things.

    I seriously have to wonder about a corporation like Lowe's, that would pull their advertising because a bunch of rabid, foaming-at-the-mouth bigots protested. That tells me that Lowe's certainly doesn't need MY money, as I would never support such actions. Guess I'll be spending my dollars at Ace, Aco or Home Depot from now on! Sheesh.

    December 11, 2011 at 1:22 am |
  12. Observer

    “Whoever does any work on a holy day: put to death”
    “anyone who blasphemes: stone him.”
    “worship other gods: stone the guilty ones to death”
    “stubborn and rebellious son: stone him to death.”
    “man is found lying with a married woman: both of them shall die”
    “virgin engaged to another man and he lies with her: stone them to death”
    “Whoever strikes his father or his mother: put to death”
    "Anyone who says cruel things to his father or mother: put to death.”
    “anyone who curses his father or his mother: put to death”
    “man who commits adultery with another man's wife: they shall be put to death.”
    "man or woman who is a medium or a fortune-teller: stone them to death"

    From the Quran? Nope. From the Bible

    December 11, 2011 at 12:19 am |
    • Paul

      Yeah, but them thar Moooozlums must have broken into the bible writing place and put those parts in.... no way christians could have done it....

      December 11, 2011 at 12:33 am |
    • GAW

      Problem is that I don't know any Christians today who do those things. Quit trying to construct strawman and implicitly tell others how they are supposed to interpret their holy books.

      December 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      The real problem is that christians, and other cults, do not follow their Babble! If they can't follow their own rules, why should we let them make rules for others? If The Babble is no longer correct (not that it ever was inerrant), they should rewrite it to bring it up to date. But that would expose the basic fallacy of their beliefs.

      December 11, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • o.k.

      Observer...also from the Bible (paraphrasing as you have done):

      Love your neighbor (and your enemy)
      forgive and you will be forgiven
      it is better to give than to receive

      Your attempt to discredit the Bible because it says some pretty harsh things is in vain. You take these verses out of the historical and cultural context in which they WERE to be applied. More importantly, however, is that these are from Old Testament Law. Christians are free from the law so these verses no longer apply to me. Instead, my "law" is to love, care for those less fortunate and to share the truth of God's grace found only in Jesus Christ.

      December 11, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • GAW

      @ o.k. Get used this approach. It's used quite frequently by many of the Atheists who post here. The proof texting approach is commonly used by many believers and unbelievers alike. And BTW NO ONE perfectly follows their belief system whatever that may be. We are human....I think.

      December 11, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Bo

      Wow! I was about to say; I was about to say; if we could just have some of these laws now what a better country we would have, a whole lot less crime, kids would respect people better. But, obviously you wouldn't agree.

      December 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • @o.k.

      Just what laws do you think the Christian were freed from? I have an idea you may be misreading the scriptures. I can understand that when unbelievers read the scriptures they read them as to the way they want them to read, but a believer should be better informed.

      December 11, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • o.k.

      to the last reply....I'm relying on the "let he who is without sin, cast the first stone" verse to tell me the verses paraphrased by Oberserver no long apply–therefore I am free from those laws. I suggest YOU consider studying the Bible and not simply the internet–I know what I talking about.

      December 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
    • o.k.

      Just a point of clarification...its the punishment I'm referring to, not the predicate act...blasphemy, adultry, etc.–still sin. But Its not up to the Christian to judge and punish–it is for us to love and forgive.

      December 11, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  13. Iceman

    @ Debbie thank you very much!!! See They tend to forget that Christians are the biggest terrorists the world has ever seen. And they have the nerve to talk about another religion like everyone involved in it is a terrorist.

    December 11, 2011 at 12:06 am |
    • Bo

      @Iceman: I read that Christians are “the biggest terrorist” a lot, but without a definition of what a terrorist is, or without any references to such claims.

      December 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • workitout

      Try this out for starters. Then Google the Crusades. Then Google Catholic Priests Touching Little Boys. Then Google Tax Breaks for Churches. Then Google the Westboro Baptist Church. I could go on and on, but you're crazy, so I won't bother.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_terrorism

      December 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  14. debbie

    That's a poor decision on Lowe's part. Bending to pressure from a narrow-minded, ignorant, racist group will cost a lot more from the loss of business by decent people.

    December 10, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  15. Justin

    It's only fair considering Big Love. I'm sure there would be just as much protests about a program showing the average life of Jews.

    December 10, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
    • AntiPalinAlaskan

      And by the same people who objected to "All American Muslims", even the ones who go out of their way to claim to be "Christian ZIonists". THOSE people support Israel because they want all the Jews to leave the U.S.

      December 11, 2011 at 5:22 am |
  16. Question

    Any atheists here that were former Muslims?

    December 10, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • Earful

      Not likely... either in hiding or worse. Penalty for leaving Islam is death.

      December 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
    • Ironicus

      There are ex-Muslim websites, some of them atheist. They don't come here much at all. I'm sure the reasons are interesting but I have no idea what it would be for each individual.

      December 10, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  17. Omar Minhas

    Thank you TLC for showing another side of Muslims living in the U.S.

    December 10, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
    • Dhimmitude

      Thank you TLC for portraying this BS as being mainstream and certainly harmless.

      December 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  18. fernace

    Cleary this group is trying to perpetuate the fallacy that all Muslims are Jihad & dangerous! It is disturbing to see, in a country that prides itself in religious freedom, educational inetllect, supposed welcoming of the people of the world, who reside here, & equal treatment of peaceful people! This is a T V show that portrays muslims in the positive manner of christians, why would these people have a problem w/that!? Because christians & muslims have had it in for eachother since the inception of either religion, & christians in this nations don't want muslims shown on a good light, ever! I hope there are advertisers who will look beyond this bogus agenda! We do need positive afirmation of ALL religions who reside w/in our borders! Islam is just as dangerous as Christianity! Deal w/ it!!

    December 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
    • AGuest9

      While this may be true, it wasn't a bunch of christians who flew jetliners into buildings, killing nearly 3,000 people in the span of about an hour just 10 years ago in this country.

      December 10, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
    • debbie

      This is a reply to aguest9: Christians killed over 6 million Jews and 2 million Catholics in the 1940's. So by your logic, all Christians including your parents & grandparents were terrorists.

      December 10, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Ironically, I am unable to locate any of my ancestor's relatives, so it is likely that any of my great-grandparents' remaining relatives were rounded up and disappeared in the concentration camps. Since catholics are christians, I don't seem to follow your question and how you separated them into two groups. You seem to be making the "Final Solution" solely about religion, which it was not.

      December 10, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
    • Paul

      Actually, AGuest, how many people have been killed since 2001 by the US, under the guise of Christians giving them thar mooozlums "whut fer"? How many innocent civilians have been killed in Iraq? Bible quotes on gun sights? It's christian terrorism, pure and simple. Oh, sure, you can try to defend it as being about oil, but we all know it was chrisian jihad. You can't trust those dirty christians.

      December 11, 2011 at 12:36 am |
    • Alex

      To Aguest9: and it certainly wasn't Muslims that murdered parents and children in Oklahoma City 16 years ago in the span of seconds.

      December 11, 2011 at 1:00 am |
    • Tom

      To Aguest9: and just all it takes but 1 single christian by the name of GBush to send out his army , killing 100 times as much in the middle east. If that is the case, we should ban all Christian related programs from syndication.

      December 11, 2011 at 4:25 am |
    • AGuest9

      @Tom
      "we should ban all Christian related programs from syndication."

      I absolutely agree, as well as all other made-up "faiths"!

      December 11, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • AGuest9

      @Alex, as tragic as the Murrah Bldg was, it pales in comparison to 9/11.

      December 11, 2011 at 8:58 am |
    • AGuest9

      @Paul, since I will NEVER find myself defending The Bush Doctrine (for which I warned all around me of another Vietnam). Iraq WAS about oil(, so was Libya, even though NATO will deny it vehemently). Afghanistan was "a correction", if you will. The US funded the Taliban against the Russians, and once they drove them out, decided to bite the hand that fed them. It was stupid to pour so much in terms of lives and money (dragging us back down into a huge deficit) back into that medieval cesspool, but what's done is done and now an exit strategy must be developed. Is Afghanistan a crusade? You'd have to ask the architect of the conflict, Di.ck Chaney.

      December 11, 2011 at 9:07 am |
  19. JT

    Christians are a threat to me more than any Muslim has been.

    December 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  20. annebeth

    What a shame that the bigots at the Florida Family Association put their hate before their Christian beliefs. There have been people of ALL religions that have "posed a clear & present danger" to Americans. Religion has been used to justify slavery, the murder of gays & Native Americans and the continued disrespect of people of "other" religions or no religion at all. I may have to stop going to Lowes and spend my hard earned money else where.

    December 10, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Why does this surprise you? I know MANY christians who are anything but.

      December 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
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