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NCC says Lowe's should resume advertising
Earlier, Lowe's withdrew its advertising from the program, reportedly because of pressure from the Florida Family Association, a group the NCC characterizes as "a fringe Christian organization."
The NCC said it "has been heartened by the outrage expressed by others in our nation toward Lowe's for giving in to the bigotry and ignorance that underlies this pressure."
The Learning Channel webpage describes "All-American Muslim" as a reality program that "takes a look at life in Dearborn, Michigan--home to the largest mosque in the United States--through the lens of five Muslim American families. Each episode offers an intimate look at the customs and celebrations, misconceptions and conflicts these families face outside and within their own community."
The NCC noted Lowe's is in the business of providing building supplies for the construction of homes. "We wish the company were also concerned with the construction of a sound society and the building of a more peaceful nation," the Council statement said.
"Misrepresentations of Islam insult millions of Muslims and contribute to
the spread of Islamophobia in our society. Certainly, one would hope
that a major
five families we meet in 'All-American Muslim' are quite ordinary people,
dealing with weddings and newborns, football games and beauty parlors, and
wrestling with the same issue faced by families of faith in all religious
traditions across "
In recent days, the National Council of Churches (NCC) has been dismayed over the decision by the Lowe's home improvement chain to pull its advertising from the television program, "All-American Muslim," due to pressure from a fringe Christian organization called the Florida Family Association. At the same time, the NCC has been heartened by the outrage expressed by others in our nation toward Lowe's for giving in to the bigotry and ignorance that underlies this pressure. Through its Interfaith Relations Commission, the NCC encourages Lowe's to reverse its decision.
Lowe's is in the business of providing building supplies for the construction of homes. We wish the company were also concerned with the construction of a sound society and the building of a more peaceful nation.
Indeed, it would seem that Lowe’s sponsorship of one of the first television programs focused on American Muslims demonstrated that it was in fact concerned with fostering a healthy society, by dispelling some of the fears that undermine the foundations of our nation. For this reason, the NCC, which considers respect for religious others to be constitutive of a healthy and free culture, regrets that Lowe’s has responded to divisive influences and has now withdrawn its support.
Misrepresentations of Islam insult millions of
Muslims and contribute to the spread of Islamophobia in our society.
Certainly, one would hope that a major
Unfortunately, Lowe’s explanation, issued on Facebook, doesn’t go far enough to address this matter. In it, Lowe’s claims to “have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, across our workforce and our customers, and we’re proud of that longstanding commitment.” The NCC hopes that Lowe’s would embody this commitment by speaking out against bigotry and ignorance and by countering efforts to perpetuate the kinds of discrimination, most likely experienced by many in their workforce and customer base among countless others, that result from them.
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