Sigh...can't we all just get along?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

As you likely had already heard, Lowe’s home improvement stores pulled its sponsorship from the TLC show “All American Muslim” after receiving complaints from a group called the Florida Family Association. They objected to the TLC show’s portrayal of five Muslim families.  Problem is, they objected to TLC portraying the families in a positive light.

Most reality shows highlight the worst of people. This one seemed to be doing the opposite, so out of curiosity, I watched a couple episodes. One of the people showcased on the program is a dedicated football coach at a public school, who is invited to the White House for a dinner marking the end of Ramadan. Another is an officer in the Wayne County Sherriff’s department. A third is a pediatric respiratory therapist.

Pretty normal, even exceptional stuff, but I guess that was the problem.

Had TLC shown them as gawd-hating, anti-American terrorists, that would have been OK.  According to WaPo,

“…the Florida group branded the series “propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.”
So the show depicts a pretty normal group of families, impeding the efforts of right-wing Christians to stereotype all Muslim’s.

I am finishing up a kitchen remodel and a great deal of stuff came from Lowes. I have a couple hundred bucks in tile left to buy and over a thousand dollars of flooring. I will return my tile samples to Lowes. Yesterday I sold my stock (not a lot) and I will buy my stuff from a local merchant in the hope that he isn’t a tool, which is what I should have been doing all along.

I don't need to give my money to people who support Christian bigots.

3 comments:

steves 5:20 PM  

Oh great...let's respond to a bigoted, narrow minded group with a bigoted, narrow minded comment. If someone is going to make a moronic comment, they could at least provide their name.

That being said, the vast majority of discussion on this topic I have read on various Christian forums (even the right wing ones) seems to trend towards depicting the Florida Family Ass. as a bunch of morons.

Unfortunately, like many other loudmouths (Phelps et al), they attract a lot of attention and can scare of advertisers. The best thing we can do is take our business elsewhere and let them know why.

Smitty 5:25 PM  

So the show depicts a pretty normal group of families, impeding the efforts of right-wing Christians to stereotype all Muslim’s[sic].

I would add to that this comment from the article itself: “propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.”

I think that bit from the article needs an addendum:
...propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values, which in turn impedes our own agenda's clear and present danger of the same.

Bob 10:33 AM  

NOTE: Steve's first paragraph was in response to an anoymous post, which is now deleted.

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