Thursday, December 15, 2011

Here It Is: The TLC Rogue’s List

While Lowe’s Home Improvement is getting the most heat in the blowback that has resulted when a TLC network spokesperson announced that the company had withdrawn all of its ads in response to urging from a rightwing religious group from Florida that objects to TLC’s “All-American Muslim” reality show, this is not the only company to bend to the wishes of this intolerant group of fanatics.

According to this website, the main reason Lowe’s has been singled out in the press is the nature of it’s email response to the Islamophobic religious group, the FFA (Florida Family Association, not the Future Farmers of America). It included this:

“While we continue to advertise on various cable networks, including TLC, there are certain programs that do not meet Lowe’s advertising guidelines, including the show you brought to our attention.  Lowe’s will no longer be advertising on that program.”
Now is “All-American Muslim” a show about a bunch of IED building, Sharia Law following, Anti-Christian fanatics? If so, I guess Lowe’s was perfectly justified in concluding that it does not meet their advertising guidelines.

Unfortunately for Lowe’s, that is not the case. In fact, the show’s objective is to present Muslims who live in American as no different as other Americans. This, the FFA believes, cannot stand.  

So Lowe’s gets to bear the brunt of the backlash from those of us who support religious freedom and tolerance, cornerstones of American traditions and values.

But it is my belief that Lowe’s should spread the wealth, so I went to the FFA website to get the list of companies that have pulled their ads (they claim 75 have done so) so I could inform my 6 (or is it now 7?) readers of where to shop in this holiday season – or more to the point, where not to.

But guess what. The FFA has pulled its list because they don’t want to inform the public anymore about who they need to call or email to chastise them for this obvious trip down the road to perdition. Now they can inflate the list even more.

Because it, as a list, no longer exists.

But then some part of it still exists, at the very website that I cited above (and here).

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