There are a lot of “reality” television shows out there. Dating, living, loving, racing, scaring and all sorts of other “ings.” I am embarrassed when my overseas friends ask me about those who live in New Jersey or Southern California based on what they are seeing as ‘real’ on television.
I am embarrassed by the thought that someone named “Snookie” or “The Situation” is representing Americans to – America! It was bad enough when those overseas saw every American living like J.R. Ewing from the evening soap opera “Dallas.”
So the idea of some diversity in these shows is nice to see. This is especially true with the TLC network’s “All American Muslims,”
“…a look at life in Dearborn, Michigan–home to the largest mosque in the United States–through the lens of five Muslim American families.
“Each episode offers an intimate look at the customs and celebrations, misconceptions and conflicts these families face outside and within their own community.”
I have watched a couple of the episodes and found the show informative and direct, though a little contrived as most of the reality shows. However, for the American people who do not understand this major world religion, All American Muslims is a wonderful opening of this door. For example, to understand that Christians, Jews and Muslims all pray to the same God, are all concerned about their children, and family life; that as Americans, our Muslim neighbors are not different and any one else.
However, one Christian conservative group has taken exception to supporting of this one program based purely on their Islamophobic beliefs, claiming that Muslims not Americans, are pushing a radical agenda, wanting to incorporate Sharia law into the Constitution, and that any support of this show needs to be stopped.
Florida Family Association‘ David Cooper writes on its web site:
The Learning Channel’s [TLC] new show All-American Muslim is propaganda clearly designed to counter legitimate and present-day concerns about many Muslims who are advancing Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia law. The show profiles only Muslims that appear to be ordinary folks while excluding many Islamic believers whose agenda poses a clear and present danger to liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish.
They further claim that:
Supporter’s emails in response to Florida Family Association email campaigns and emails from the Florida Family Association office appear to have influenced the following Fifty Five (55) companies to stop advertising during DeGrassi since the monitoring first started in July 2010: 3C Incorporated (Careonetoday.com); Adidas; American Legacy Foundation; Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida; Bridgestone Firestone North America Tire; Burlington Coat Factory; Burt’s Bees Acne; Cadbury Adams (Sour Patch Kids, Stride); Church and Dwight (Clean Shower, Nair, Orange Glo); Coca Cola (Coke, Fanta, Sprite); Colgate Palmolive; Conagra (Chef Boyardee); Corinthian Colleges; Dell; Eastman Kodak; Gamefly; General Mills (Fiber One, Multi Grain Cherios, Yoplait), General Motors (Chevy); Hewlett Packard; Horizon Group USA (Mon Bijou); Idea Village (Depilsilk); InCharge Debt Solutions; Inverness Medical Innovations (Clearblue pregnancy test); Jarden Corp (Mr. Coffee); JC Penney; K12; Kellogg (Frosted Flakes, Pops Cereal); Kingsisle Entertainment (Wizard101); Kraft Foods; McAfee Security; MeadWestvaco Corp. (fivestargiveaway.com, fivestarmusicinsider.com); Mylan (Myallergysurvey.com); Nationwide; Nestle; Novartis (Excedrin); Packit; Payless Shoes; Pepsico (Pepsi); Perfetti Van Melle USA (Airheads); Pure Digital (Flip Video); Research In Motion (Blackberry); Sarah Dessen; SAS Group (Dream Lash); Sears; State Farm; Stiefel Laboratory (Max Clarity); Sun Products (Snuggie); Sunny Delight (Sunny D); Sylvan Learning Center; T-Mobile USA; Target, THQ (uDraw); Travelocity; Valve Corporation (Portal 2); William M Wrigley (Cobalt) and Zeno.
As of December 11, add Loews to that list.
If this list is correct, then we as true Americans recognizing that ours is a diverse and tolerant nation need to take immediate counter-measures.
It must also be noted that these same companies do not advertise on many other shows, reality or otherwise.
NPR reported that California state senator Ted Lieu, D-Torrance called “the Lowe’s decision ‘un-American’ and ‘naked religious bigotry…’ and that he would also consider legislative action if Lowe’s doesn’t apologize to Muslims and reinstate its ads.”
I believe that Mr. Lieu is correct and that such bigotry needs to be stopped in its tracks. NOW.
A petition is now circulating via www.ipetitions.com/petitions/boycott-in-support-of-american-muslims asking that you boycott these 56 corporations and their subsidiaries until they 1) apologies to the American people for kowtowing to the religious bigotry, and 2) actively advertise on TLC’s “All-American Muslims” and other shows depicting our neighbors as the American families, members of the armed services, police and fire, medical and education, and other professionals as they are.
I am asking that you write your local grocers, hardware and box stores who may be carrying products made by these companies and ask that those products be removed from the shelves.
I am asking that you take an immediate stance against such religious bigotry and ask Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to investigate the non-profit status of both Florida Family Associate and its national affiliate, the American Family Association for their actions contrary to the United States Constitution, by denying Americans of the Muslim faith “general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”