Inexplicably, The New York Times ran a fine expose of the Florida Family Association, which successfully petitioned Lowes Corporation to pull its commercials from the TV Show ‘All-American Muslim’ in its Religion section near the end of its ‘A’ section.
David Caton is the founder and only member of the co-called Florida Family Association, a split-off from the American Family Association. Anti-Muslim bigotry is so intense in America today that one man with an email list scared Lowe’s Home Improvement into dropping sponsorship of the Learning Channel’s ‘All-American Muslim’ – a reality show depicting Muslims as regular Americans dealing with all the problems in life in the same way most of us do.
This is unbelievable. First Florida gives us the pastor who announced to the world that he will burn a copy of the Koran. Now we have one guy on his own campaign to cancel the one show on American TV that seeks to portray an honest portrait of Muslim Americans.
Why? Because there are no terrorists in the show! Caton ‘reasons’ that the show contains a corrupting, hidden agenda to make Islam acceptable in the US. I guess once it is accepted as part of religious life in the US, the ‘hidden agenda’ will be released by ginnies inside a magic bottle.
I didn’t know it was so easy to fool American corporate executives. Didn’t Lowe’s advertising people do a tiny bit of research? Where did their spokeswoman get the idea that ‘All-American Muslim’ is a ‘controversial show’? I’ve never seen it but the only things I’ve seen written about it is that it’s boring. The real live of Muslims are too boring for reality TV!
I don’t believe in one-person, moral boycotts. But I know I’d never shop in a Lowe’s again. Crass consumerism aside, this company is run by social idiots.