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Sign This Petition: Say No to Bigotry and Lowes and Support ‘All-American Muslim’

(cross-posted from Patheos)

The following is a guest post for Sami H. Elmansoury.

As one proud American, I have frankly reached my pinnacle in the near-tacit acceptance of the rising tide of fear-mongering by un-American groups that are once again washing in the most heinous types of bigotry across our great nation. My now aging American grandfather proudly came to the United States in the late 1960s at the heels of war to seek liberty and freedom — things that he deeply cherishes until today. But his occupational purpose in being brought here was to help ensure that the United States beat the Soviet Union in the Space Race, by rocketing Neil Armstrong to the moon, as a brilliant engineer with NASA’s Apollo 11 mission. He was a patriot then, and he is a patriot now. And his love for country throughout the years has consistently fueled my own.

So as I learned of the success this past week of these fear-mongering groups in coercing our American companies [like Lowes] into taking bigoted stands [by withdrawing advertising from TLC’s “All-American Muslim], I helped to create this petition in order to say “enough is enough” and to bring back some sanity to our national conversation.  And what a remarkable day yesterday became. In just hours, we collected nearly 3,000 signatures — which will continue into next week — from Americans of ALL walks of life.

We have gained the stellar support of Congresspersons and Air Force personnel; we have had unsolicited outreach from conscientious leaders and citizens across our country, we have further isolated the bigots, and we have seen media presence from well-known activists such as Russell Simmons, who has pledged that his support and that of other influential figures will only increase in the coming days. We have even seen an apology - albeit one that lacked any reversal of the bigotry – from the Lowe’s corporate office.

As the petition states, “It is these same critics who have often touted the question: ‘Where are the mainstream Muslims?’” So when a television station seeks to portrays just that, one would think that these critics would have celebrated the effort, rather than have condemned it. Yet their reactions left no more proof necessary of their actual, bigoted, money-driven, and self-interested intentions as the most dangerous thing for many who oppose this show out of personal bigotry or out of egregious self-interest is to see a far-reaching portrayal of the reality and truth of average American Muslims: That they are human, are prone to normalcy, cherish liberty, and are working for the best interests of their respective communities. And that “danger” is the reasonable human being’s victory.

So if there was ever a moment to say “enough” to those who continuously question how “American” you, I, or your neighbor are – I believe that this can be it. Now is the time to throw un-American, hate-mongering bigotry back into the hole from which it disturbingly emerges every few decades. We are all in this together as Americans — whether we are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist – whomever we are, and whatever belief system we espouse. And, while we must strive to protect the homeland, together, we are one country. Personally, I will continue to work throughout my life  to see that we remain that way.

This petition and the surrounding activism are only the beginning of an end, God willing, to this continuing absurdity. The next step will be upon our leaders, upon our politicians, upon our media, and upon all of us who continue to seek peaceful coexistence and American unity, to take back the microphone — and to put the bigots on notice.

For the outpouring of support seen yesterday, and for every day that I have lived on this Earth, I say God bless the only homeland that I have known — and God protect its freedoms and its values, for both our children, and for theirs.

To learn more about the petition protesting the advertising boycott against “All-American Muslim,” click here. To sign the petition, click here. [link fixed]

Sami H. Elmansoury serves Immigrant Rights Task Force for the Office of the Borough President of Manhattan and as an invited member of the Generation Change initiative for the United States Department of State.

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  • http://www.loonwatch.com Ilisha

    TLC’s ‘All-American Muslim’ could profit from protests

    http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/news/story/2011-12-13/All-American-Muslim-boycott/51885502/1

    According to an email I got this morning, the petition has 30,000 signatures so far, and they are targeting 50,000.

  • khan4

    Why do you any of you shop at Lowe’s to begin with? What many of you don’t realize is that all these big box retailers have high markups on their products to to their high expenses.

    Smaller better run businesses can out price these big box guys any day of the week.

  • Khushboo

    Rocky, LW only picks on loons and those (Lowe’s) siding with loons.

  • http://n/a RASHID EL AMIN

    i support petition

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee CriticalDragon1177

    Rocky Lore,

    “Why is LoonWatch only picking on Lowe’s? Besides, LoonWatch has no problem when their side advocates boycotts and demands companies pull their ads.”

    First of all, because Lowe’s has given into the demands of bigots. Second, its not that Lowe’s doesn’t have the right to do what they did, but they don’t have the right to our patronage. If they do something that we think is wrong, we can choose not to shop there, and we can encourage other people to do the same.

  • Rocky Lore

    Why is LoonWatch only picking on Lowe’s? Besides, LoonWatch has no problem when their side advocates boycotts and demands companies pull their ads.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee CriticalDragon1177

    Ginger,

    Its not happening. In about twenty years from now the fears we have today of stealth Jihad will be viewed in much the same way most people now view the red scare. Robert Spencer isn’t the expert on Islam he claims to be. You can take it from me, someone who used to actually admire him. The majority of Muslims living in the west are not working to overthrow secular democratic governments, and there’s no evidence that a majority of them want to live under an Islamic theocracy. Also, before you tell me about taqqiyya, that’s utter nonsense as well. That’s a Shia thing, its not even a part of Sunni Islam. Muslims are not taught to lie to promote Islam and finding something in the Koran or some other Muslim book that could be interpreted as a justification to lie to promote Islam, isn’t an argument for thinking that Muslims are more likely to lie than people following other faiths.

  • TheBig_T

    An update to the events regarding AAM:
    From Huffington Post:
    After Lowes created some open ad time, Russell Simmons filled it in a high profile way.

    The music legend and entrepreneur tweeted on Monday that he bought all the remaining ad space on “All-American Muslim,” the TLC reality show that has been at the center of a recent media buy controversy.

    “Just purchased remaining spots for #allamericanmuslim for next week,” he wrote. “The show is now sold out! keep your money @lowes and we will keep ours.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/12/russell-simmons-buys-all-american-ad-space_n_1144966.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

  • Khushboo

    WOOHOO…I’m a real American baby! A Real Muslim American! *waves flag*

  • ginger

    KEEP IT UP “REAL AMERICANS” before you know it “sharia” law will be mandatory if the dirty ass muslims get their way.

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