WASHINGTON — Members of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice issued the following statement in response to Lowe’s Home Improvement’s withdrawal of advertising due to anti-Muslim sentiment:
“Advancing Justice strongly condemns Lowe’s Home Improvement’s actions in retracting advertising from TLC’s reality series ‘All-American Muslim,’ a reality show depicting the lives of Muslim American families living in Dearborn, Mich., including the discrimination they encounter due to their religious affiliation.
“Lowe’s withdrew its advertising in response to the Florida Family Association’s characterization of ‘All-American Muslim’ as ‘propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.’
“Advancing Justice believes that Lowe’s reaction gives credence to these anti-Muslim sentiments and contributes to a negative atmosphere of intolerance towards minority communities and may incite hate crimes and related violence.
“Since the tragic events of 9/11, Advancing Justice, in conjunction with partner organizations, has worked to eradicate the discrimination and hate directed towards the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian (AMEMSA) community. We ask that Lowe’s reinstate advertising on ‘All-American Muslim,’ as well as issue an apology directed towards the American Muslim community and others who were offended by Lowe’s actions.
“Advancing Justice believes that traditional American values are those of tolerance and respect for all faiths. This incident reminds us of the work to be done in continuing to fight religious intolerance in all forms.”