VIA| When a television show doesn’t get ratings, advertisers stop supporting it.
When that show is about Muslims, however, those advertisers come under immediate attack.
As ratings have consistently fallen for The Learning Channel’s “All-American Muslim,” Lowe’s Home Improvement reasonably decided to withdraw its sponsorship of the program.
Muslim Brotherhood front group the Council on American-Islamic Relationsimmediately attacked the retailer for its supposed anti-Muslim bigotry.
The same goes for at least one politician, California state Senator Ted Lieu, who was elected to the U.S. House in November.
Lieu demonstrated that Democrats still don’t understand how business works when he called the move by Lowe’s “bigoted, shameful and un-American,” according to The Daily Caller.
Apparently lost on both CAIR and Lieu is the obvious truth that, had Lowe’s been operating out of bigotry, it would never have supported “All-American Muslim” in the first place.
But if you’re holding your breath waiting for either Democrats or the Islamists of CAIR to start using reason or evidence in their arguments, I’d advise you to stop.
Lowe’s did acknowledge in a statement that the program had become “a lightning rod” for social comments from all over the political spectrum — i.e., not just the right — and that it preferred not to position itself at the center of such debates.
“We believe it is best to respectfully defer to communities, individuals and groups to discuss and consider such issues of importance,” the company told CNN.
Hardly a bow to pressure from the right — although that pressure did exist.
The Florida Family Association has been urging all advertisers on the show to drop their support.
“All-American Muslim” represents “propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values,” they told CNN.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that I’ve never watched the program in question, nor do I have any plans to do so. (And even if I did, it appears that my window of opportunity may be closing.)
But there is a very real contradiction in terms present in the title of the program itself.
To be “All-American,” one must fully support the Constitution and all the ideals that it represents.
To be “Muslim,” one must support Shariah law, which says that any authority other than Islam — such as the Constitution — is invalid.
I don’t need to see the show to know that Lowe’s made the right call here — no matter what their reasons for doing so.
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