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N.C. clergy to call for Lowe's to apologize for pulling All-American Muslim ads

Posted by on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 3:15 PM

An interfaith group of North Carolina clergy members will deliver a petition at Lowe's headquarters in Morrisville Mooresville on Tuesday demanding that the home improvement giant apologize for removing ads from TLC's All-American Muslim TV show.

The petition, which organizers say has 200,000 signatures, will be presented at 11:30 a.m. at 1000 Lowe's Boulevard.

TLC's reality show follows a Muslim family in Dearborn, Michigan. Lowe's pulled advertising last week after pressure from groups who claimed that the show is doing damage by not presenting Muslims as extremists, Huffington Post reports.

"Lowe's decision to remove its ads from the show All-American Muslim demonstrated to the Muslim American community that bigotry and ignorance are alive and well in the United States," Maha Hilal, who launched one of serveral petitions on Change.org, stated in a press release.

"Despite Lowe's decision, it is clear from the support my petition has received that many Americans want an apology from Lowe's. Through this support, we can truly see the values that Americans stand for: tolerance, understanding, mutual respect, and, most of all, speaking out when these values have been compromised."

Earlier this week, 100 people protested at a Lowe's in a Detroit suburb nearby where the show is filmed.

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