Lowe’s, you’re better than thisDecember 14 2011 by Chris Murphy Share on Twitter
Last week, Lowe's Home Improvement, a Fortune 100 company, pulled its ads from the new cable reality show, All-American Muslim, under pressure from a radical anti-Muslim group that claims the show unfairly portrays American Muslims in a favorable light. The group, based in Florida, says that Muslim-Americans' true aim is to destroy America, and any show that ignores this fact should be forced off the air.
This is outlandish bigotry, pure and simple. But it builds on a growing anti-Muslim bias that simmers just below the surface of public acceptability. And Lowe's, by pulling their ads from a perfectly benign show about Muslim-Americans, elevates and endorses this strengthening prejudice.
So I decided to do something about it. Yesterday morning, I went to the floor of the House of Representatives to call out Lowe's association with base bigotry. Then I spent the rest of the day collecting signatures of Members of Congress to a letter calling on Lowe's to reconsider their decision to pull their ads.
Join me and send a letter to Lowe's sharing your thoughts about their decision to pull their ads from All-American Muslim.
On the floor, one Member of Congress, asked me, "What's the politics of this, for you?"
"I have absolutely no idea," I said proudly. "And I don't care."
Sometimes right is right. Simple as that.
Click the link below and write a letter to Lowe's letting them know how you feel.
I've made my voice count on this issue. America was founded on the principle of religious freedom, and I just cannot stand by silent as a major American company endorses this kind of bigotry against a major American religious group.
Now, I need you to join me.
Every best wish,