Tuesday, December 27, 2011

As Clear As A 2x4 In The Eye

So by now, probably everyone has heard about the big flap caused when Lowe’s removed all its advertising from the Learning Channel show All-American Muslim because of complaints from the Florida Family Association that this show was showing Muslims as normal Americans who just happened to practice a different religion, and not as the terrorist threat that they really are.


And by now, a lot of people may have heard the response from Lowe’s, that they had pulled the ads from future episodes even before the FFA (sorry about that, Future Farmers of America) contacted them, because they try not to advertise in controversial programs.

Well, OK…I can maybe see that.

Some of you have even seen Jon Stewart’s coverage of this whole disaster, and if you haven’t yet, here’s the link for it: John Stewart on Lowe’s

But you know me…I can’t just hear a little about the story. I want to know a little more about the people behind it. So I went to the website of the Florida Family Association, where I found this statement:
The Learning Channel's new show All-American Muslim is propaganda clearly designed to counter legitimate and present-day concerns about many Muslims who are advancing Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia law. The show profiles only Muslims that appear to be ordinary folks while excluding many Islamic believers whose agenda poses a clear and present danger to liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish.
And then it hit me in the head like a 2x4…the very kind you can get at Lowe’s.

The FFA and its followers seem to be a group of right-wing, conservative Christians who are as worried about fundamentalist Muslims trying to inflict their rules on the rest of us as many “liberals” are concerned about fundamentalist Christians trying to inflict their rules.

Calling Matthew 7:3.

Now, for those of you who aren’t the “right kind” of Christian, and therefore didn’t immediately know what it was, because you don’t have the entire Bible committed to memory (and shame on you for that), this is one of the times when Jesus asks, “How can you try to take a speck out of your neighbor’s eye when you’ve got a freaking 2x4 in your own?”

A 2x4, which, by the way, came from Lowes.

Think about it. For all practical purposes, the FFA is afraid of Muslims doing what they already want to do themselves, and they want to warn us about the Muslim danger without being aware of the Christian danger.

And I say this as a card-carrying Christian.

They don’t see that their desire to codify their Christian religious beliefs into civil is just as scary as the idea of Muslim religious beliefs being codified into civil law. They’re so focused on “the Muslim issue,” that they don’t notice the 2x4 in their own eyes.

So let’s look at a few simple facts here.

  1. Religious fundamentalism of any kind is scary. And whenever any religion seeks to have its rules codified into civil law, it’s time for the people to be concerned.
  2. Most people of any religion are not fundamentalists, and we have nothing to fear from them. That’s the point of All-American Muslim, and I often think that we need a show like All-American Christian to show the everyday Lutherans, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and so on, who are perfectly happy to follow their own religious rules without trying to inflict them on others.
  3. We all need to learn a lot more about each other. Christians need to learn about Muslims, and how many different varieties there are. Non-Christians need to learn about the different varieties of Christians. 
  4. We all need to take the time to learn about a little place called Manzanar, which is what happens when people are filled with the kind of fear that the FFA seems to be spreading.
 And as for me and my hardware needs…I’ll be satisfying them at the Home Depot.


  1. I'm coming out of reading this post a little confused... Are you ditching Lowes for Home Depot... because of the Learning Channel?

  2. Hmm…I thought I was being witty by ending with another biblical allusion by ending with a paraphrase of the OT line "But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord," and simply ended up confusing you.

    So what is the status of me and Loew's? Right now the jury's out, and actually, anything I did wouldn't be as a result of actions on the part of The Learning Channel, but rather on the part of Lowe's. Whether it was the FFA directly or email from other Islamophobes that caused them to pull their ads, I'm seriously thinking about how much business I have to do with them, even though they're just around the corner from me.

    I find the idea that someone could force a show off the air by threatening its advertisers a little dangerous, and I remember how this was attempted with a show back in the 80s, starring Tony Randall playing a gay character, and how the Nat King Cole show couldn't get a national sponsor because they were afraid of offending whites in the south who might not buy their products anymore. The time has come for advertisers to stand up to pressure groups and to also realize that the backlash from giving in could be much worse than the original perceived threat.

    Now, of course, had Lowe's quietly let their deal for ad time lapse, there'd be no problem…no one would've known. Although I suppose the FFA would've tried to claim responsibility anyway.

  3. I would much rather shop at a store that promotes the gay agenda. Yes. That's home depot. The home depot should stick to selling home improvement products not destroying the home or family. Yes gay marriage is an attack on the family and everything God teaches. I thought you were a christian, or maybes you didn't know. Well now you do...