Been a while since I’ve posted to my blog but this article needed to be shared, so here it is.
In November, the cable channel TLC premiered All-American Muslim which follows Islamic families living in Dearborn, MI. And, as shocking as it may be, someone had a problem with it. Evangelical Christian group, Florida Family Association, whose goal is to, “defend, protect and promote traditional biblical values,” rose a stink about it. The FFA, who previously bitched about Degrassi, a show that “promotes the transgender and homosexual lifestyles and other inappropriate behavior,” called All-American Muslim “propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.”
Really? That sounds incredibly hypocritical, cause that’s exactly what the FFA is doing. The FFA’s agenda presents a clear and present danger to American liberties and the traditional values of our founding fathers. Liberties and values such as freedom of/from religion, freedom of expression, and so on. Anyhow, they also had this to say:
Clearly this program is attempting to manipulate Americans into ignoring the threat of jihad and to influence them to believe that being concerned about the jihad threat would somehow victimize these nice people in this show.
Wow, really? Someone’s got a stereotypical view of the Islamic faith. They seem to forget that the jihad threat they speak of is only a reality in regards to Islamic extremists. Do they really need to be reminded that the Christian faith has its fair share of extremists as well. Westboro Baptist Church ring any bells? Heck, with the way this FFA organization wants to push their religious beliefs and morals on every single American I wouldn’t call it much of a reach to pigeon-hole their group as extremists. Their response to this harmless show could be read in one of two ways, they either truly believe that all Muslims have it out for America with this jihad bullshit, or they’re really just a bunch of racists hiding behind a false fear to make their reaction seem wholesome.
The FFA and other like-minded Americans have gone so far as to spread hate speech on the Facebook pages for Lowe’s, one of the show’s primary sponsors, who ultimately decided to pull their advertising or face retaliation from consumers. They’ve also urged Home Depot and Sweet ‘N Low to pull their ads.
Here we have TLC putting a show together to help educate sometimes ignorant Americans that not all Muslims are terrorists, just like not all Christians are out there bombing abortion clinics. The show touches on the daily lives of these Muslims in America and discrimination and bigotry they face at every turn. Then, quite ironically, they have to deal with it again thanks to this self-righteous clan of bigots from Florida. So sure of their own superiority over all others that they feel it is their sacred right to impress their illogical and stuck-up morals on everyone else.