Dear Gentle Readers,
If you found out that some religious bigots, in the name of their own religion, had objected to a TV show that profiled some other people of a different faith, and that the bigots had succeeded in getting a national company to stop sponsoring that TV show in order to make the bigots stop bugging them, what would you do about it?
What if the religion the bigots objected to was your own religion? (The people being profiled were Muslims, American Muslims who have been living peacefully in the U.S. for generations.)
What if it was another religion? (If you're not a Muslim --- let's say you're a Christian or a Jew or a Hindu or a Buddhist or a Bahai or a Wiccan --- Madame L's understanding is that all these religions teach, as does Islam, love and tolerance for all.)
So, either way, would it matter to you? (Madame L hopes not.)
The TV show is "All-American Muslim" on TLC.
If you care about religious bigotry prevailing against peaceful religious people exercising their constitutional rights as U.S. citizens to worship freely, here's something you can do about it:
Boycott Lowe's, the national hardware chain that caved to the bigots.
Why not boycott the bigots? Sure, go ahead and do that, too, if you can figure out how. (Many individuals, celebrities, politicians, and organizations have objected, and the Florida Family Association eventually pulled down its website in response to normal Christians objecting to its bigotry, so responding to that association has helped.)
But, meanwhile, since Lowe's was intimidated out of sponsoring the TV show for fear of losing a few dollars, Madame L hopes there are enough people in the U.S. who feel the other way, who by boycotting that store could make an even bigger difference in its bottom line.
If you care about religious freedom and if your Christian (or Jewish, or ethical, or any other) beliefs teach you to care about others, please join Madame L in boycotting Lowe's.
Full disclosure: Madame L refuses to enter Lowe's anyway, so boycotting it will be easy for her. For those who like or need to buy the kinds of products available at Lowe's, though, Madame L suggests that you can find many other hardware stores in any town in America with the same products, better service, and a more pleasant atmosphere.
In addition to avoiding Lowe's, you can join the boycott officially:
And here's a link to the Huffington Post articles on the boycott.
And please don't feel sorry for Lowe's. They're a big corporation which shouldn't have caved in the first place, and the religious bigots who attempt this kind of political action should be laughed out of the political arena.