CAPAC, JACL Criticize Decision to Pull Ads from ‘All-American Muslim’

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Judy Chu (D-El Monte), chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), released the following statement this week in response to a decision by Lowe’s Home Improvement to pull advertising from TLC’s new reality show “All-American Muslim.”

The decision was made after a Florida-based conservative advocacy group accused the show, which chronicles the lives of American Muslim families in a Detroit suburb, as “propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.”

“I am deeply disappointed that Lowe’s Home Improvement considers a reality show about peaceful American families a ‘lighting rod’ for ‘strong political and societal views,’” Chu said. “‘All-American Muslim” is the type of programming that we should encourage because it shows how rich and diverse American life really is. Lowe’s should understand that their customers come from all walks of life and a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

“As a corporate citizen, they should not condone the false and misguided narrative that Muslim-Americans are a threat to our country.  To question the motives and patriotism of an entire group of Americans based solely on their religious beliefs is unfair, unjustified and un-American.”

In a statement that did not mention Lowe’s by name, the JACL condemned “the craven decisions of several companies to pull their advertising from the program due to pressure from anti-Muslim groups.

“Shows like ‘All-American Muslim’ support the American value of religious tolerance by countering the misinformation and bigotry faced by Arab and Muslim Americans. By pulling their advertising based on controversy generated by anti-Muslim sentiment, companies are condoning the continued fear-mongering and discrimination against Muslim Americans.

“The JACL is deeply troubled by the backlash against ‘All-American Muslim’ and by the actions of companies that chose to cave to bigotry rather than stand up for what is right. Instead of condemning the show by withdrawing commercial support, companies should see it as an opportunity to advance a greater understanding about a group of fellow Americans.”

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  1. FYI: Report on the Islamophobia group behind the FFA /Lowes controversy…

    Fear, Inc. The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America

    Download report from website.
    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/08/islamophobia.html

    ■Introduction and summary
    ■Chapter 1: Donors to the Islamophobia network
    ■Chapter 2: The Islamophobia misinformation experts
    ■Chapter 3: The grassroots organizations and the religious right
    ■Chapter 4: The right-wing media enablers of anti-Islam propaganda
    ■Chapter 5: The political players
    ■Conclusion

    FEAR INC! Exposed Millions Being Spent To Spread Islamophobia Fear & Hate Of Muslims
    August 26, 2011 CURRENT TV Keith Olbermann

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um4v49dqFsI

    REPORT: $42 Million From Seven Foundations Helped Fuel The Rise Of Islamophobia In America

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/08/26/304306/islamophobia-network/

    Democracy Now hosted by Amy Goodman: Fear, Inc.” Exposes the So-Called Experts and Donors Behind Islamophobia in the United States

    http://www.democracynow.org/2011/9/6/fear_inc_exposes_the_so_called

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