After ‘American Muslim’ Scandal, Conyers Says Lowe’s Has ‘Un-American Values’
The scandal surrounding Lowe’s decision to pull ads from “American Muslim” is continuing, with local lawmakers weighing in on the increasingly divisive issue.
Representative John Conyers Jr., D-14th District, who represents Dearborn, where the series is filmed, said Lowe’s “fell prey to intolerance,” and demanded an apology on behalf of the community he represents.
“Over the past 10 years, the Muslim and Arab American community in this country has faced a growing level of discrimination, which threatens their quality of life,” Conyers said in a statement.
“I am disappointed that a company like Lowe’s would fall prey to the intolerance and fundamentally un-American values preached by a small, but vocal minority. Lowe’s Companies, Inc. should unequivocally apologize to the Muslim and Arab American community and strongly repudiate the intolerant messages espoused by anti-Muslim groups. ”
Democratic state Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Detroit, the first Muslim elected to the Michigan Legislature, voiced her concern in a letter to Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock.
“I told them I was extremely disappointed that you give credibility to these hate groups,” Tlaib told WWJ Newsradio. “People of Muslim faith are being attacked. It’s disappointing, disheartening.”
Lowe’s, based in Mooresville, N.C., said it stands by its statement on Sunday that it pulled the ads after the show became a “lightning rod for people to voice complaints from a variety of perspectives – political, social and otherwise.”
“All-American Muslim,” which premiered last month, chronicles the lives of five families who live in and near Dearborn, Mich., a Detroit suburb with a large Muslim and Arab-American population. It airs Sundays on TLC and ends its first season Jan. 8.