Monday, December 12, 2011

Conyers Deplores Lowe’s Decision to Pull Ads from Dearborn Based “All- American Muslim”

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For Immediate Release
Date: Monday, December 12, 2011
Contact: Matthew Morgan – 202-226-5543

Conyers Deplores Lowe’s Decision to Pull Ads from Dearborn Based “All- American Muslim”

(WASHINGTON) –  Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.)issued the following statement in response to news reports that Lowes’ Companies, Inc., owner of Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouses, bowed to pressure from an anti-Muslim group and pulled television advertisements from the program “All-American Muslim”, a series which follows the lives of several Muslim American families in Dearborn, Michigan.  The City of Dearborn is located within Michigan’s 14th Congressional District.

“Over the past 10 years, the Muslim and Arab American community in this country has faced a growing level of discrimination which threatens their quality of life.  The Muslim and Arab Americans in the community of Dearborn, the State of Michigan and  around the Nation, have often been the target of this intolerance.  I am disappointed that a company like Lowe’s would fall prey to the intolerance and fundamentally un-American values preached by a small, but vocal minority.  Lowe’s Companies, Inc. should unequivocally apologize to the Muslim and Arab American community and strongly repudiate the intolerant messages espoused by anti-Muslim groups. ”         

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