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Lowe’s Refuses to Reinstate Ads on Pro-Muslim TV Show

By Marilyn Elias on December 13, 2011 - 4:47 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

Amid mounting criticism, home improvement giant Lowe’s Cos. Inc. is sticking by a decision to pull its ads from the TV reality show “All-American Muslim,” caving to pressure from the Florida Family Association, a conservative evangelical group that boasts it has persuaded more than 60 companies to cancel their ads too.

The weekly show on TLC depicts the lives of five Muslim families living in Dearborn, Mich. Show spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg says it has slightly over a million viewers per episode.

By depicting Muslims as ordinary Americans, the program “riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values,” the Florida Family Association (FFA) website says. The site was hacked into and shut down by Anonymous today.

FFA, a virulently anti-gay group, was founded 24 years ago. It’s led by David Caton, who claims there are 35,000 members. In an interview with the Associated Press today, Caton compared Muslims to snakes, saying the show misleads Americans in the same way as any show that reports snakes are good family pets without describing the venomous ones.

There has been a recent spike in hate crimes against Muslims, who make up an estimated 0.6% of the U.S. population.

FFA ‘s online campaign urging people to E-mail their protests to sponsors of “All-American Muslim” has been successful with dozens of major companies, the website boasted before it was hacked. Among firms that have pulled ads are Amazon and McDonald’s, according to the website.

But Lowe’s is the only company that has confirmed it canceled due to the FFA campaign. Lowe’s posted a non-apology on its Facebook page: “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.”

The Lowe’s action prompted actress Mia Farrow and entrepreneur/hip-hop guru Russell Simmons to call for a boycott of the massive home improvement store, based in Mooresville, N.C. On Twitter, actor Kal Penn asked readers to sign a petition at signon.org supporting “All-American Muslim.” It has gathered more than 13,000 signatures so far.

And the FFA-instigated ad cancellations also sparked anger from political leaders. U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota released a statement blasting Lowe’s for opting “to uphold the beliefs of a fringe hate group and not the creed of the First Amendment… . This is disappointing since the success of ‘All-American Muslim’ shows how ready the country is to learn about Muslims as Americans. This probably makes hate mongers uncomfortable—as they should be.”

California State Sen. Ted Lieu posted a copy of a letter he wrote to Lowe’s on his website. He called the action “bigoted, shameful and un-American,” and asked the company to apologize to Muslim Americans. If the company doesn’t apologize this week, Lieu may endorse a boycott or take action in the California legislature, “at the very least urging them to apologize and reconsider . . . We’re researching right now what other steps we can take legislatively,” Ray Sotero, Lieu’s communications director, told Hatewatch.

And leaders of a coalition of Arab American nonprofits said today they will no longer accept donations from Lowe’s because “the Lowe’s position does not align with our values,” according to Nadia Tonova, director of the National Network for Arab American Communities. She announced the change on WDET’s The Craig Fahle radio show in Detroit. The group represents 22 grassroots nonprofits that have accepted donations from Lowe’s to support community volunteer projects. Tonova said Lowe’s decision perpetuates Islamophobia, a problem that’s “very much alive and well in the United States.”

The action against “All-American Muslim” was far from the first FFA foray into pressure in the service of bigotry. The group ignited a campaign for companies to drop their sponsorship of Teen Nick’s “DeGrassi: The Next Generation” because it has a transgender character. FFA also has protested “Gay Days” at Disneyland and spurred a deluge of E-mails protesting a course on “queer theory” at the University of South Florida. The FFA’s version of morality has led to protests against sex-video ads in the AARP magazine and billboards that appeared too sexy.

Lowe’s buying into the latest FFA pressure campaign will backfire, predicts Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. “It’s going to improve the ratings of the show,” he told Hatewatch. “Now it’s not just an issue of Muslims. With these celebrities and political leaders speaking up, it’s an issue of fairness—bigots against the rest of us.”

The main problem is that groups such as the FFA “only look at Islam and Muslims through the lens of extremists. Because this show doesn’t have extremists, but just normal, mainstream Muslims, they think it’s not true,” he said.

The irony, Al-Marayati told Hatewatch, is that “the FFA is pushing the Al-Qaeda narrative from the opposite side of the ideological spectrum. They’re guilty of the same thing as Muslim extremists in the Middle-East, insisting we’re in need of a cultural war. Only they think that American Christians who happen to be evangelicals are the only good people in the world. “

  • Guardian

    I thought SPLC was the leader in “civil liberties” and “free speach” and all that.
    Where do you get off telling private companies where and who they should advertise with?

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Sorry the last two links in my last comment don’t work anymore. Unfortunately Gypsy Poet Musician closed his channel for some reason.

  • Reynardine

    Oh, keep a tupper in the fridge long enough, and you’ll likely find a white culture. Meanwhile, More(on) is deliberately arguing speciously, and he knows every damn thing he says is a lie. Promises to be back? Yeah, because it makes him feel big to crash the opposition’s Stammtisch. He’d do it with a pack of Brown Shits if he could, but it isn’t 1933, this isn’t Munich, and he’s Tisch out of luck.

  • Kiwiwriter

    I wish these defenders of “White culture” would define it to me, as opposed to English, German, French, Polish, Danish, Italian, Belgian, Norwegian, Irish, Scottish, Russian, and other cultures. I don’t think Mozart called himself a “White composer,” and I doubt Shakespeare saw himself as a “White playwright,” somehow.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Most WNs are against the war because they think it is a war for Israel. Of course they also dream of a massive race war in Europe to drive out the “Muslim hordes”, so don’t mistake it for any kind of principle.

  • wourmis

    @ruslan

    It’s gonna be pointless debating against such guys as they are set in their ways about the non-existent “white genocide”.

    Strangely, they didn’t seem to care(and still don’t) about the 1 million Iraqi civilians who died in the illegal Bush-Cheney War.

    I also believe that it’s people like ‘more of the same’ who support these countless genocidal wars that America wages globally(currently the hype of war with Iran)

    My question is,are WNs pro-war or anti?

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    How was our debate not reasoned or civil? You accused us of hating “white people”, you have failed to show how this is the case. You claimed that we believe in the existence of other races(or Jews as a race) but not “whites”, though I explained that all races are social constructs. We answered every argument you made.

    You on the other hand never bothered to explain how “whites” are the victims of genocide. This shouldn’t be hard to do. There are already other examples of genocide in history, There was the genocide against the Herero and Nama people by the 2nd Reich, the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire, the Rwandan genocide, East Timor, etc. All you have to do is show us a similar phenomenon happening to “whites”.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL, Aron

    Bye, Moron!

    Y’all come back now, y’hear?

  • more of the same

    Well, foolish of me to think I could have a reasoned, civil debate with anti-White PC religious fanatics.

    I’ll bid you farewell but I intend to visit you from time to time.

    I wish a Very Merry, Happy and Holy Christmas to each and every one of you.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Well CM, you should see how they have endless debates over “who is white” on their forums. Virtually every forum they have will have at least one massive sticky thread entitled something like “Who is white”, in which endless debates go on about Slavs, Europeans in South America(most people are surprised at how many Latin Americans are of European, and even Northern European descent), Iran, Bosnian Muslims, Afghanistan, India, etc. It’s a laugh riot because most of these people know absolutely dick about the world outside of America if not their state. It’s basically a battle of Wikipedia scholars.

  • CM

    Ruslan, thanks for the updated information. I was thinking mostly in terms of late 19th to mid-20th century attitudes to immigration in the U.S. and the kind of people who would never have been allowed to join the country club, even if they would have been allowed to drink from the Whites Only water fountain. These are the kinds of things with which and for which racial identity is constructed, and obviously they leave room for the occasional redefinition. Who knows, maybe Latinos will be let inside the tent one of these days if people think it will help keep out, say, Arabs and Turks.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Moron,

    Oops. You got me. I’m actually a WN. And not the Jew I claimed to be. Kill the Jews!

    You dumbass, I have never ONCE claimed that Judaism is a ‘race.’ It’s a religion and vaguely similar group of cultures. Yet every culture is still unique. My Lithuanian ancestors possessed a different culture from my Russian ancestors. And my Polish ancestors were different as well.

    White is simply a skin color.

    And you are simply a disgrace to humanity.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “So, since most Jews are white (or at least appear to be) what’s so special about the Holocaust? How could their genocide have taken place if a white race never existed? You must be a Holocaust Denier. ”

    Yes, European Jews are white. What makes the Holocaust unique is that first it happened in a modern, advanced country as opposed to say, during the Crusades long before Enlightenment ideas emerged. Second, it was a mechanical, planned extermination aimed at an entire people. Third, it was carried out with mechanical precision. The Armenian genocide, for example, involved the Ottoman Turks trying to drive the Armenians from their territory, but while the Turks did commit atrocities against the fleeing Armenians, many died simply because of the conditions they were forced to endure during their trek. By contrast, the Nazis built many camps whose primary purpose was exterminating people. Some camps, like Treblinka, had virtually no other purpose but this.

    “It’s a Big Lie to hide behind while you perpetrate OUR existence off the face of the earth.”

    Who is wiping your existence off the Earth, and how? Names. I want names.

    “That “logical construct” stuff which ONLY applies to Whites is disingenuous bullshit and you know it.”

    Not at all. All “races”, such as “Asians” or “black people” are also social constructs as well.

  • more of the same

    Aron,

    So, since most Jews are white (or at least appear to be) what’s so special about the Holocaust? How could their genocide have taken place if a white race never existed? You must be a Holocaust Denier.

    Or, are Jews non White? You have no problem recognizing non White races but deny the existence of a White one?

    It’s a Big Lie to hide behind while you perpetrate OUR existence off the face of the earth.

    That “logical construct” stuff which ONLY applies to Whites is disingenuous bullshit and you know it.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    White nationalists started accepting Slavs(White Russian emigres and Eastern European fascists/collaborators who escaped after 1945 had a long history in the far right of Western countries) into their little club when the Wall came down and neo-Nazism suddenly appeared in Eastern Europe. Who knew that routinely broadcasting nationalist propaganda and rehabilitating every fascist and collaborator for 40 years via Radio Free Europe/Liberty would lead to such results. The other reason is quite frankly, they are desperate for numbers.

  • CM

    Ruslan,

    I know you know better:

    “… Germans, Englishmen, Scots, Russians, Poles, and all the other cultures who you seek to meld into one monolithic ‘white race.’”

    “White” supremacists certainly would never countenance Slavs as members of their little club. In fact, one must drill down to Northwestern European Protestant/Calvinist (speaking of the Thirty Years’ War).

    Because as we all know, those Southern Europeans are mostly Catholic (also the reason the Irish could be dehumanized to facilitate their subjugation by the English), emotionally unstable (not to mention heavy drinkers and excessively amorous) and likely have a few Arabs/Moors and/or Jews in their family trees. (Might as well lump the French into this non-white, not-really-European category as well, since you mentioned the Hundred Years’ War.)

    Incidentally, More’s comments about “hierarchy” suggest a bit of confusion on his part (surprise surprise). I think what he’s really gesturing at here is some notion of the elect and the damned, with guess who playing the role of God’s chosen ones.

  • Reynardine

    Oh, see here, Mitch, Crape-on-his Nose is projecting.

  • Mitch Beales

    moron the same how can one commit genocide on “white” folks who are already dead (or undead)? I’m sure your fuhrer could find a way but personally I wouldn’t know where to start.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    More, you never disappoint, but you’re not on Stormfront anymore.

    “Ruslan, I never claimed to believe in universal equality.
    YOU are the egalitarian, not me.”

    First of all, I don’t believe in absolute equality either- people differ on an INDIVIDUAL basis. Second, you ARE egalitarian because you have lumped very diverse cultures together as white. This is evident in the way that you complain about immigration in Europe from non-European countries, while totally ignoring the many waves of Eastern European immigration into Western Europe, the USA, and Canada.

    ” The more I read your post the more obvious it is that you are PC Cultural Marxist who just plain HATES White People.”

    Ok were I more naive I would ask you to provide proof that I “hate white people”(I guess I’d have to hate myself), but since I know you WN types you believe that anybody who doesn’t subscribe to your WN fantasy must hate white people. In other words, the vast majority of “whites” hate “white people.”

    For the record, I don’t hate white people- If you think my insistence that “white” does not constitute a culture, ethnicity, or nation equates to hating white people, then I accuse YOU of hating Germans, Englishmen, Scots, Russians, Poles, and all the other cultures who you seek to meld into one monolithic “white race.”

    Second, I am not a “cultural Marxist”, I am a real Marxist. “Cultural Marxism” is a meaningless buzzword which was invented by butthurt Cold Warriors who could no longer accuse their liberal opponents of being “Commies” after they embraced neo-liberal economics.

    “Hierarchies are natural in any properly functioning society.”

    1. This is called an appeal to nature, and it is a logical fallacy.

    2. Yes, hierarchies of some sort may always exist, but this doesn’t mean they are due to natural endowments.

    “ALL men are created equal” is an article of faith in the PC religion (it IS a religion) but totally unsupportable by all empirical evidence.”

    Hold on a second, are you saying they had “Political Correctness”(also called ‘Cultural Marxism by those who coined the term) back in the Age of Enlightenment? Because that phrase was used by the Founding Fathers of the US. That Karl Marx sure made a big impact if his ideas could be adopted decades before he was even born!

    Sit down and let’s have a history lesson: The concept that “all men are created equal” is not saying that we are all the same, or that everyone has the same intelligence,etc. The ideals of the American founders were rooted in the struggle of the bourgeoisie against the old landed nobility in Europe. Under feudalism, you had a landed aristocracy which ruled via title, often said to have been sanctioned by God. Philosophy of the Middle Ages taught that God had ordered the entire universe in a strict hierarchy- if you were a serf, it was because you were intended to be a serf, and you had to abide by the rules for serfs. On the other hand, an aristocrat was ordained to be such, and followed a different set of rules.

    “All men are created equal” is a challenge to the idea of a nobility and monarchs ruling by Divine Right.

    “Come now, do you really equate the white anti-White Mommy Professor with the black or Hispanic guy who cleans the toilets?”

    Well no, I wouldn’t because one is a professor and another is a janitor. But janitors and professors don’t exist in a vacuum. The problem is not that you don’t see these people as equals, but that you assume that their difference in occupations is due to innate qualities that are somehow connected to the genes which give them white, Latino, or a black appearance. There is no reason to make this assumption.

    “Do you really believe the guy with an IQ of 80 has the same potential as a guy with an IQ of even 100?”

    Potential to do what? I know you’re going to claim this is a big anti-white conspiracy, but in the last 20 years scientists have discovered that IQ is not the best way to measure a person’s capabilities. You might find that upsetting, but you have to remember that psychology and sociology are relatively new fields and science moves forward, discarding that which has been proven incorrect. T

    There are plenty of people with extremely high IQs who can’t function in social situations. A high IQ does not guarantee critical thinking skills either; in his book Flim-Flam, skeptic James Randi pointed out how MENSA publications were rife with advertisements for all kinds of paranormal junk. Hell, you might have been tested with a high IQ, which if so, just goes to prove my point.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL, Aron

    More(on),

    The kind of environment that teaches there’s no such thing as the ‘White Race.’ Ergo, it’s impossible to commit genocide against a group that never existed.

    You silly person, you!

  • Reynardine

    Y’know, Mitch, there’s an expression we used to have for people like More(on). It’s, “Hang a crape on your nose, your brain is dead!”

  • more of the same

    Mitch,

    Thank you for coming clean by admitting you are right on board with White Genocide. If only your fellow posters could be just as honest. Do you read Tim Wise?

    BTW, can any of you inform me as to what kind of cultural environment teaches so much hatred of White People that it would go so far as to perpetrate Racial Genocide?

  • Mitch Beales

    What would be the point of hating “white” people. The only people who are anything close to white are dead. more of the same is not quite there yet. He’s only brain dead I suspect the rest of him is still pink.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    More,

    Nah, I just like toying with you. I don’t believe you’re worth the effort required for a genuine debate.

    And considering your last post, it appears that you lack the mental faculties to engage me.

    (And I was referring to electroshock therapy. Rendered via light-socket. Because your brain really, really needs it.)

  • more of the same

    Ruslan, I never claimed to believe in universal equality. YOU are the egalitarian, not me. The more I read your post the more obvious it is that you are PC Cultural Marxist who just plain HATES White People.

    Hierarchies are natural in any properly functioning society. “ALL men are created equal” is an article of faith in the PC religion (it IS a religion) but totally unsupportable by all empirical evidence.

    Come now, do you really equate the white anti-White Mommy Professor with the black or Hispanic guy who cleans the toilets? Do you really believe the guy with an IQ of 80 has the same potential as a guy with an IQ of even 100?

    Like I said, Hierarchies are as natural as they are inevitable. Political Correct religion cannot accept this and would burn people like me at the stake who disagree.

    Aron, telling me to stick my finger in a light socket says a lot more about you than it does about me.

    Apparently the Orwellian All seeing Hatewatch Eye is turning a blind eye to many of you.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL, Aron

    More of the Same:

    Another thought. What about white Muslims? Are they not acceptable?

    You’re the worst kind of person.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL, Aron

    More of the Same:

    Once again, I will merely respond with
    ‘Anti-racist is just a code for anti-White’ is code for ‘I’m an embarrassment to my community and would likely mis-spell my own name were it not printed on my license.’

    Go stick your finger in a light socket. Maybe the shock you receive will finally cure your obviously malfunctioning brain.

    I dare you to respond. In fact, I’m calling you out. If you do not respond, you’re nothing but a yellow-bellied coward.

    Come at me.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Moron’s back, it seems. There have been literally HUNDREDS of shows which could be called “All American White family.” Some are reality shows, some are sitcoms, some are dramas.

    Oh, and thanks for this bit of White whine:
    It’s a moot point, of course, since you anti-Whites won’t allow us to have ANYTHING that’s White only.”

    Boo-freaking-hoo. Apparently you’ve never heard of de facto segregation. In any case, there is a good reason why people, including “white” people, have a problem with “whites only.” See, if you look at history, and I mean REAL history, not Stormfront history, you’ll see that “whites only” stuff usually led to bad results, and not just for minorities. In the US back in what you probably think are the “good ol’ days”, eugenics laws targeted everybody based on class, not necessarily race. A poor white person was considered to be just as inferior as a minority in most situations. The 1924 Immigration Act severely restricted immigration from Europe, particularly the South and Eastern Europe. Some people in those days still believed that Irish people were of another “race.”

    Of course it gets worse. I know how your WNs think. Deep down you really think that all those things you want- a compliant, beautiful wife, a nice house, a meaningful job, etc. would be yours if only you didn’t have to compete with other “races”. You are convinced that your being “white” is some kind of inherent virtue, but you’re angry because nobody seems to recognize it. You’ve blinded yourself to all the privileges you have enjoyed due to being white, and convinced yourself that society has become stacked against you. Any one of the many white CEOs or high level executives would probably disagree, but I digress.

    My point is this: Even in an all “white” world, you would still fail. Your problems with women are due to your own lack of social skills, not “feminism” and not because TV made all the white girls chase black guys. Your problems with your job stem from capitalism, not illegal immigrants. Your lack of an identity is a natural side-effect of capitalism and the alienation it causes; you do not have some mystical link with the people of Europe going back through the ages.

    If you ever got your “all-white” paradise, you would soon find that the moment everybody is white, nobody is white. Do you know how I know this? Because there once was an all-”white” continent full of people, known as Europe. But see, despite everyone being “white”, the people never saw themselves that way, and they spent centuries fighting each other in bloody conflicts. Who was non-white in the 100 years war, or 30 years war? Are we learning yet?

    But it gets even worse. Once you have your all white paradise, you will have difficulty explaining the inequality that still exists. Obviously equality is a dirty word for folks like you, and people are going to need to explain why some whites are poorer than others. Religious and ethnic background will most likely be blamed, since you guys hate Marxism and most other sociological explanations for poverty and wealth inequality, and you won’t be able to blame your problems on affirmative action or illegal immigrants. So you will end up having a hierarchy within your “white” race, just as all historical racist movements did. “Why are you poor? Because you’re Irish!”

    Now can you comprehend that or do I need to resort to the use of puppet theater to break it down to your level?

  • Reynardine

    Now, More, were you born one or did you study to be one? Your suggestion that “anti-racist” is synonymous with “anti-white” implies that all whites are racist and all racists are white. As a phenotypically white person who is not racist, I say your implication (a) is a lie; (b) stinks; and is therefore (c) a stinking lie.

  • more of the same

    What if there was a TV program “All American White Family” and Lowes (or whoever) decided to pull the advertising for it?

    Would Hatewatch and the rest of you anti-Whites have your panties in a bunch over something like that?

    It’s a moot point, of course, since you anti-Whites won’t allow us to have ANYTHING that’s White only.

    You say you are anti-racist but you are really anti-White.

    Anti-racist is just a code for anti-White.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    I keep forgetting how lucky I am to have Friend Lumber right around the corner from me in Burlington, MA. (I live in Lexington, and it’s less than a mile from my home.)

    But you bring up a good point- what do we do without reliable independent lumber yards — or any other businesses, for that matter — that do not have to worry about bowing to outside political pressure?

    To me, that’s one of the major downsides to today’s multinational super-conglomerated mega-retailers. (Yikes. That was a lot of business-speak. LOL)

    That being said, I would be more than happy to mail lumber for your projects, and I guarantee the independence of its source. Hee hee!

  • Reynardine

    Aron, what independent lumber yards? I haven’t seen one in decades.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Reynardine,

    It’s all about independent lumber yards.

  • Reynardine

    Where the Hell can we buy lumber?

  • Mitch Beales

    Joy, if I’m not mistaken Home Depot and a number of other large stores are listed by FFA as having agreed not to sponsor this show http://www.mpac.org/issues/isl.....muslim.php although some of them deny it http://thinkprogress.org/polit.....an-muslim/. I suggest you contact Home Depot before using them as an alternative. In any case it can’t hurt for them to be aware that this is a matter of concern for customers.

  • Joy

    A few of these comments illustrate the deep and hateful bigoted views in our country at this time. The fact that Lowes, which has/had a strong “diversity”, “community” and “inclusion” policy statement by their CEO, has shown themselves to be as bigoted, hateful, and racist as the group that pressured them is a corporate abomination. I will go the extra miles to shop at Home Depot and independent hardware/supply stores.

  • Reynardine

    Karen, your writing indicates your native language is not English- not even bad English. Who the Hell, and where the Hell, are you?

    You’d also be more believable if you stuck to one or two grievances. As it is, you just seem to be vomiting a misdigested mix of talking points.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “The issue seems to me to be integration of seemingly incompatible cultures.”

    Please explain how these cultures are incompatible. It seems to me the whole point of the show is to demonstrate that American Muslims are not so foreign at all. Seeing as how the loudest people screaming about America are evangelical Christians, and the US isn’t experiencing anything close to an Islamic insurgency, I’d say you’re barking up the wrong tree trying to find your “incompatible” culture.

    ” Is it not obvious that attemps to introduce persons from lower levels of culture into the US, and to integrate them into contemporary American and European society, have caused turbulence?”

    No I’m afraid that isn’t “obvious,” Mein Fuhrer.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Mitch Beales,

    You make an excellent point.

  • Robert Pinkerton

    The issue seems to me to be integration of seemingly incompatible cultures. Is this, in fact, possible to do? I do not know, nor do I have an opinion. I would guess, however, that if it is in fact possible to do, that the process would be the diametric opposite of overnight and that it would engender turbulence. Is it not obvious that attemps to introduce persons from lower levels of culture into the US, and to integrate them into contemporary American and European society, have caused turbulence?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee CriticalDragon1177

    Karen,

    Just because some Muslims do hateful and violent things, sometimes in the name of their religion, and or use their religion as an excuse for heinous acts, doesn’t mean that all Muslims deserved to be demonized. There are violent extremists in every major religion on earth. Not all Muslims are the enemy of democracy, secularism, and liberty. We are not at war with Islam, contrary to what some people might tell you. Not All Muslims want to live under the equivalent of Saudi Arabia.

    Even a small, normally peaceful religious sect like the Amish, can have violent nut jobs.

    This very blog did a story on that, awhile back.

    Members of Amish Splinter Sect Arrested on Hate Crime Charges
    http://www.splcenter.org/blog/.....e-charges/

  • Mitch Beales

    Karen your post suggesting that the fact that some Muslims have harmed women therefore all Muslims should suffer the consequences makes about as much sense as saying that some women are prostitutes therefore all women should wear the burqa. Oh and you might want to remove the link from your name unless you are trying to provide grounds for a discrimination lawsuit by any Muslim seeking work at North American http://www.na.com/corp/aboutUs/Default.aspx or trying to make sure that decent folk cease any business contact with this outfit.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Karen, I’m really sorry that I have to be the one to inform you, but you are an ignorant moron. All I can recommend as far as treatment is books, lots of books. But I do not have much hope for this treatment’s success.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Marilyn Elias,

    There’s a petition related to this that you might want to consider signing.

    Support ‘All-American Muslim,’ Sign the Peition and Watch the Show
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/a.....ilshadali/

    Also, I told my friend, “GypsyPoetMusician” via my “GargamelGold” youtube account, about this and he made an episode of his “Islamophobia is Islame” series on it.

    “Islamophobia is islame, pt 55: Save ‘All American Muslim!’”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ideo_title

    As well as a followup on it.

    “Islamophobia is islame, pt 56: Russell Simmons, Lowe’s, and All-American Muslim”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ideo_title

  • Karen

    Many are getting all bent out of shape. What about all the many incidents where Islamic & Muslim carried out unlawful, hateful, aggressive, and hateful actions towards others especially women that was not held accountable. If legal help was rendered towards the victim and correction made so they couldn’t go on hurting others then this would be different. When we get hurt and we seek help we are blocked, gang up on putting up with slandering remarks because we are requesting legal help for the harm that was done by the prejudice Muslim’s & Islamic actions, while not being respected to render help for correction & protection. In so many employments they are so prejudice towards & against women. When these incidents happened, if I would have received legal assistance, I would not feel strongly as I do now. I have even been treated hatefully because I would not convert or share favor to their beliefs. It is all the harm that they have gotten away with. They do not respect other beliefs. I have been physically attacked, threatened, and treated very aggressively. They boasted about their actions & beliefs, stating it is the right, treating women so hatefully & negatively. It is their actions that they have already committed and many that state what they want to do, which is kill many Americans. I have not treated them hatefully, attacked, and carried out aggressive actions towards them. They put a young woman with her child that was raped in prison and allowed the rapists go. I will never accept this type of behavior and 911 will never be forgotten nor will I ignore the ongoing threats of wanting to kill Americans. If they are not killing Americans, hurting themselves, breaking our laws, trying to bring America down, and killing women’s rights I wish good will, but will never accept their believes. If anyone is offended with what I am saying here, you have serious issues.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Gotta love Florida…