Thank Calif. Senator Ted Lieu for Challenging Bigotry

 

Anaheim , CA : The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) has called on all people of conscience to thank California State Senator Ted Lieu for taking a principled stance against bigotry.

Senator Lieu on Sunday sent a letter to Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock after the home improvement giant decided to remove its advertising from TLC’s “All-American Muslim” show. Lowe’s succumbed to a fringe right-wing group’s call urging companies advertising on “All-American Muslim” to pull their spots because it claimed the show “riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.”

Last Thursday, CAIR issued a statement asking people to watch the show and encourage advertisers not to buckle to anti-Muslim bigots.

In the letter to Niblock, Senator Lieu wrote in part:

“One of America’s main founding principles was religious freedom. Many early Americans fled Europe because of Europe’s religious intolerance at the time. Another principle that makes us Americans is the protection of minority rights, and the abhorrence of discrimination based on protected classes such as race, national origin, and religion. I find it unsettling that I need to remind Lowe’s of our nation’s deeply held principles.

“I previously served on active duty in the United States military to defend our cherished constitutional rights, such as freedom of religion. As a veteran, I find Lowe’s action not just ugly, but intensely anti-American. As a Catholic, I find Lowe’s religious intolerance to be dangerous. As a consumer, I find Lowe’s bigotry to be nonsensical.”

 

 

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