Retail giant Lowe's is in the hot seat over an issue that has angered a right-wing Christian group and American Muslims.
Until recently, the hardware warehouse chain had been advertising on TLC's "All-American Muslim," a reality show depicting the lives of five families from Dearborn, Mich., a Detroit suburb with a large Muslim and Arab-American population. But a conservative Christian group called the Florida Family Association complained about the advertising, saying the program and Lowe's were promoting "propaganda that riskily [sic] hides the Islamic agenda's clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values."
The Florida group sent three emails to its members, asking them to petition Lowe's to pull its advertising. Lowe's complied and now faces even more anger and outrage from American Muslims and others who support religious freedom and tolerance.
California state Sen. Ted Lieu called Lowe's decision "un-American" and "naked religious bigotry," in an interview with the Associated Press.
"The show is about what it's like to be a Muslim in America, and it touches on the discrimination they sometimes face. And that kind of discrimination is exactly what's happening here with Lowe's," Lieu said.
Lowe's issued a statement apologizing for having "managed to make some people very unhappy." Here's a snippet of the company's response:
"Individuals and groups have strong political and societal views on this topic, and this program became a lightning rod for many of those views," the statement said. "As a result we did pull our advertising on this program. We believe it is best to respectfully defer to communities, individuals and groups to discuss and consider such issues of importance."
Do you think that apology lets the company off the hook?