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.
Baptist minister Charles Williams II of the King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit said such teachings are not Christian.
"They do not represent Christianity," said Williams regarding the FFA, questioning why Lowe's and others haven't pulled their ads from shows depicting violence. "We are all God's children. We must stand against bigotry and hate."
A local rabbi extended his support to clergy at the protest and local Arab Americans, saying he and other Jews would have been at the protest had it not fallen during the Jewish Sabbath.
“I hope that they would likewise stand up and demonstrate should something outrageous like this take place against another religion,” Rabbi Jason Miller said in a statement.
Babushka is probably the only Jew who actually shops regularly at the mall which includes this Lowe's.