—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (December 9, 2011) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) issued a press release today criticizing Lowe’s for pulling advertising from All-American Muslim, and urging the American Muslim community to contact the company and express its disappointment with this decision.
“We find it incredibly disturbing that Lowe’s has caved to the calls of Islamophobes and pulled advertising from All-American Muslim, an American reality show on TLC that is working to dispel stereotypes and counter hatred against the American Muslim community,” said ICNA Vice President for Public Affairs Naeem Baig.
All-American Muslim provides insight into the struggles of a minority religious community as it works to establish its American identity while adhering to its faith. If Lowe’s claims to be a retailer for all Americans it should support such programs, but by withdrawing its advertising Lowe’s has shown that it is not welcoming of all Americans or of minority faith groups.
We urge the American Muslim community and our friends, family, neighbors and all people of conscience to call Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock at (704) 758-2084 or Executive Support Mr. Andrew Kilby at (866) 900-4650 and respectfully complain about this decision.
Here are the talking points:
“I am calling to complain regarding Lowe’s decision to pull advertising from TLC’s All-American Muslim. The defamatory remarks made regarding this show are false and hateful towards our community. By caving to Islamophobes, Lowe’s is essentially supporting and disseminating negative stereotypes about American Muslims.
This show is neither ‘propaganda’ nor a ‘clear and present danger to the liberties and traditional values’ of Americans. As Americans we value tolerance, understanding and coexistence, all of which are cultivated through All-American Muslim. What portion of Lowe’s advertising guidelines is adverse to these ideals?
I will not support a corporation that panders to bigotry and the demands of hate groups. I strongly urge you to reconsider your decision and reinstate advertising for All-American Muslim.”
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If Lowe’s stands by its decision, we urge all Americans who stand for justice to boycott Lowe’s by canceling their memberships and taking their business elsewhere. We firmly believe that a corporation that does not care for the support of the American Muslim community should not be given the privilege of receiving it.
We also ask that you counter the hateful calls of Islamophobes and show your support for All-American Muslim by tuning in to TLC on Sundays at 10/9 Central.
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