Lowe's Criticized After Pulling Ad from Muslim Show

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Lowe's Home Improvement is facing backlash over pulling all of its advertising from a controversial new reality show featuring American Muslims.

Lowe's stopped advertising on The Learning Channel's "All American Muslim" series after the Florida Family Association complained that the show hides Islam's threat to American liberties and traditional values.

The show premiered last month and chronicles the lives of five families from Dearborn, Mich., a Detroit suburb with a large Muslim and Arab-American population.

But California state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, said Sunday he was considering calling for a boycott over Lowe's actions, which he termed discrimination.

Lieu said he would also consider legislative action if Lowe's doesn't apologize to Muslims and reinstate its ads.

"The show is about what it's like to be a Muslim in America, and it touches on the discrimination they sometimes face. And that kind of discrimination is exactly what's happening here with Lowe's," he told the Associated Press.

Suehaila Amen, whose family is featured on "All-American Muslim," said she was disappointed by the Lowe's decision.

"I'm saddened that any place of business would succumb to bigots and people trying to perpetuate their negative views on an entire community," Amen, 32, told The Detroit News.

Lowe's issued a statement apologizing for offending anyone.

"Individuals and groups have strong political and societal views on this topic, and this program became a lightning rod for many of those views," the statement said.

"As a result we did pull our advertising on this program. We believe it is best to respectfully defer to communities, individuals and groups to discuss and consider such issues of importance," it continued.

Lowe's is expected to meet with Lieu to explain the company's position.

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