Canceled Lowe’s Credit Card

Today I canceled my Lowe’s credit card and will no longer be frequenting the establishment. It is the only responsible thing I can do in light of the companies recent pulling of their ads from the TLC show “All-American Muslim”. I do not feel a need to apply political pressure on the company as they have every right to advertise where they choose. In turn, citizens can shop wherever they choose.

But that is not the point.

The bigger issue is that a “radical” Christian group is attempting to correlate Muslims with evil and their pressure has influenced the business practices of a specific company. Let me be specific: this is a broad sweeping generalization of all Muslims. At the very least it begs the question as to why this group is not demanding that companies pull ads from shows which promote homosexuality, drinking or promiscuity. By using the term “propaganda”, this group (Florida Family Assn) makes the claim that whatever positive is being shown about Muslims is purposely presenting a picture which is intrinsically false. They state the show “hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties.”

Yesterday the group’s website was hacked and presently you will only be presented with the following when you attempt to visit it. (I have edited the grammatical errors.)

No further proof is needed of the potential for vicious action then exactly what these folks are trying to do to this website!

The attack has been extremely mean-spirited. In a country that supposedly embraces free speech, those that oppose our position have no qualms about destroying our free speech. Yet, these same folks claim the Internet should not be restricted in any way. How the two conflicting positions can be reconciled in their minds is beyond comprehension.

Because of our real concern for the terrorism that is a way of life for some folks, we ourselves have become victims. Because we urge others to be vigilant, we become the targets. Don’t let it happen folks, take a stand before it is too late. Please support Florida Family Association.

While hacking is not something I would support in this instance, the claim that the group has become a “terrorist target” is overly dramatic. Furthermore, the attempt to equate the hacking with Muslims is an incredible stretch of logic and quite simply borders on school yard name calling.

To fall back on the cushion of “it’s a free country” is a cop-out. The greater question is whether it is the right thing to do. People of good conscience should consider that when deciding where they want to spend their money. Do you really want to promote some “thing” which would consider valid a group as ignorant as Florida Family? When Lowe’s states, “We believe it is best to respectfully defer to communities, individuals and groups to discuss and consider such issues of importance.” they do so knowing full well that they have already made a decision. That decision is that they would rather placate one religious group at the expense of another. It is up to the public to decide whether that is a sound business decision.

Interested in what the Qur’an says about Christians and Jews? Read it for yourself.

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