Brooke interviews David Caton, the head of a group that pushed a major home improvement retailer to pull its sponsorship from a new reality show called "All-American Muslim".
This is not right, if lowes is going to do this they need to pull ads from all xmas tv ad, they need to stop selling xmas trees, they need to stop any and all as that would stand for one or the other.
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I am against all forms of prejudice based on any of the "isms" (racism, sexism, ageism, etc), but I do question TLC's motives producing this show.
Are they trying to change American's perceptions of Islam?–If so, I feel that they are going about it in an extremely deceptive fashion by not actually teaching the "questionable" fundamentals of Islam.
Is TLC using a hot button topic like religion in an exploitative attempt to create ratings? If so, shouldn't they be the ones under fire for showing poor judgement rather than Lowes?
Let's not fool ourselves, the name "All American Muslim" is either meant as a propaganda technique, to create a "buzz" for ratings, or in an honest attempt to change the face of Islam. The first two options are deplorable and the last is, in my opinion, ill-advised. Again, if TLC's desire is to inform, then a much more complete set of information should be provided. I do not blame Lowes at all for running away from the controversy.
Religion in general is messy topic. Predominately Muslim nations have a more negative view of Christianity than Westerners do of Islam, according to PEW Surveys. Why is there a word for Islamophobia, but not the reverse? I feel that no religion should be the subject of a television show. Pray to whomever you want at home, but let's keep it private and personal... And let's judge people solely on how they treat others, not by the "isms".
If Russel Simmons wanted to do something to "right the wrong" committed by Lowe's, he would have made a contribution to TLC to make up for the lost revenue without causing a huge marketing blitz which obviously benefits his interests. How many of his little credit cards will he sell by taking advantage of this? How many Lowe's employees will he negatively affect due to his power over his mindless flock when he calls for a boycott of Lowe's?
The whole thing stinks of hypocrisy and worse.
Russell Simmons is the one to talk full disclosure should have been made on his motives. Wasnt he the one walking around wall street with the occupiers? I guess corporations are bad except when it's his!
While i can understand, Russell Simmons' view ,in this case he comes across like a BULLY. Any CEO has a right to pull advertising without being threatened. Who is Simmons to go after this guy and threaten to have him be relieved of duty (not that he has that much power anyway) ? In a free society, people have a right to support or not support any religion or way of life that they wish to as long as no law is broken. Mr. Simmons is acting like a petulant , overly power hungry bully.
I just read the response from Jason. Very well written and I support your opinion.
I think Lowe's has every right to pull it's ad and I am disappointed they ever indorsed it. I think it's clearly a violent culture and religion. I have never been a prejudice person, but that has all changed, mostly because of disappointment in a government that borrows money to give away to these other countries and WE pay it back. I hate this open door policy for citizenship and our lack of control at our borders. The doors need to be shut and locked.
I hate to tell you, Beverly Murphy, you are wrong when you say you have never been a prejudice person. Sorry. Hate to be the one to break it to you, hun, but you ARE prejudice or you wouldn't have said it's clearly a violent culture and religion. Go read about the actual Muslim religion. The "terrorists" are not true Muslims, they are radicals. Just like the radical Christian that did the Oklahoma City bombing. Non one went around saying "oh, well, that means Christianity is clearly a violent culture and religion....."
Unfortunately, Lindsay Tillery, you are incorrect. It is the writings of a religion which are very revealing of what it promotes. You claim "The 'terrorists' are not true Muslims, they are just radicals.". Can you explain why Surah 9:27 from the Koran states "Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]...until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued."? or Surah 2:191 "And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al- Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers." It would appear, those who claim to be Muslims and do not follow these teachings are 'not true Muslims'. These are not the only two verses, but many others, too many to list, which condone the same. You also argue, "Just like the radical Christian that did the Oklahoma City bombing." First, Jesus Himself states, John 8:31, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed."; also, John 13:35, "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another". My challenge to you is to cite where Jesus Himself advocates killing in His name or the killing of non-believers. You may choose to cite Old Testament examples; but, before you do, conduct a thorough study of Nephilim, before cite verses where the Jews killed certain tribes. When a Muslim kills according to Islam, it is "in the name of Allah", as commanded by Allah in their scriptures. Jewish or Christian scriptures do not command to kill "in the name of G-d or Jesus". Where the command is given for the Jews to kill certain tribes, these were not 100% human (which you will discover if you conduct the necessary research). You will find in the Old Testament, when a human life was taken as per G-d, G-d or His Angels were involved or events were orchestrated where the innate sinful human nature was allowed to act in accordance to it's nature. In closing, before choose to correct someone, have the facts to support ALL points of your correction.
Byker Bob:Well, Corkster, my onioinps these days are based on a wider reading plan than just the Bible. Over the summer, I've been reading translations of the works of some of the antenicene fathers, as well as Josephus's Antiquities. From Josephus, I've learned that the various Canaanites made horrible problems for the Israelites throughout their history.You also have to remember the story of Queen Esther. Haman, who put the lives of every Jew in jeopardy due to his issues with Esther's uncle Mordecai, was an Amalekite.I'd highly recommend a reading of Josephus for anyone who might have some unanswered questions, or nagging doubts.BB
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