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'All-American Muslim' ad controversy draws 100-plus demonstrators in Allen Park
by Megha Satyanarayana
The debate over the Lowe's decision to pull TV advertising last week from a reality show about Muslim Americans in Dearborn spilled out into a protest and counter-protest near one of the company's stores in Allen Park on Saturday.
About 100 people of various faiths gathered at the Allen-Born Shopping Center on Outer Drive to chastise the hardware giant for what they described as caving to the demands of a right-wing Christian group who said TLC's "All-American Muslim" does not include depictions of beliefs that appear to promote an anti-American agenda.
The Florida Family Association's website on Saturday had the following statement, "The show profiles only Muslims that appear to be ordinary folks while excluding many Islamic believers whose agenda poses a clear and present danger to liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish." The FFA also campaigns against companies that advertise during shows that portray gay and lesbian people, and against pornography.
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