If you haven’t heard Lowe’s along with some others has decided to remove its sponsorship of TLC’s All American Muslim. One of their justifications is they felt by sponsoring a program showing the daily lives of Muslims in Cosby Show mode was too controversial. Huh?
To arrive at such a conclusion one has to of course have already formed an opinion about what being a Muslim is. If showing them being smart and rather pedestrian is “controversial,” I hate to think what the decision makers at Lowe’s starting point of viewing them are to begin with.
Apparently the group spearheading the efforts to get companies to pull out is the Florida Family Association. They have been a one man band in sounding the alarm about the show. Essentially their position is a good American Muslim is an oxymoron.
Wow is all I have to say to that. Not really sure who made them the American police. However I can’t say that I’m surprised. Immigrants have often operated under the cloud of probationary citizenship. Different racial groups are “in” and “out” based on public mood.
After 9-11 one of my friends from India said her world changed overnight. She has stopped wearing clothing from her homeland in public spaces because of the insults she receives, and people look at her much differently now than when she first immigrated into this country in the 1980s.
She told me one story of how her husband was pumping gas at a local gas station and a guy yelled at him to “go back home.” He said he was headed home, that’s why he was getting gas. The yeller mumbled something and drove off. Her husband wasn’t even aware that he was being racially harassed and being told to leave the country until it was pointed out to him by his wife!
Regardless of ethnic background or religious belief, we as Christians have an obligation to not make people probationary based on public sentiment. We should follow the example of Paul in Acts 17:16-34. He kept at the forefront the importance of being able to dialogue with all segments of society.
We must realize as Christians we must display attitudes that allow us to reach a wide spectrum of people. No one is ever probationary. I encourage you to watch the show, as it might give you some insight into the Muslim mindset. You never know when the Spirit might call on you to witness to one.