First off, I’ll tell you what I always say to the checkout clerk when she sees my credit card and asks the inevitable question. “Yeah, I’m the owner’s nephew,” I respond. “You know about my family discount, right?”
She never believes me, either.
There’s a reality show on cable TV I haven’t seen, called “All-American Muslim,” which follows five Dearborn, Michigan, Muslim families around in the course of their daily lives. The theme, I understand, is that they are no more or less American than non-Muslim families. It’s a popular show, which is a good thing, because it gives the correct impression that being a Muslim has nothing to do with being un-American or subversive.
Evidently, a right-wing Christian group called the Florida Family Association (yet another reason for Floridians to be proud) feels there is something to fear in this, because it lulls unsuspecting Americans into dropping their guard against an insidious element lurking in their midst.
They lobbied Lowe’s, an advertiser, to stop sponsoring the program, calling it “Muslim propaganda.” Fearing a boycott, the corporation immediately pulled its ads, and now faces a sympathetic backlash from more open-minded citizens.
Notwithstanding that probably no reality show deserves sponsorship from anybody, and bearing in mind that we are surrounded every day and everywhere (especially at this time of year) by more Christian propaganda than we can swallow, Lowe’s act was ill considered. The company should remember that not everyone who works on his home is a member of a Christian hate group. In fact, there are probably a lot more non-members among its customer base than members.
Mitt Romney famously said, “Corporations are people, my friend.” Well, this Lowe is a person, too…and he’s taking all his business to Home Depot until the other one changes his tune.