There is yet another reality program on American television. This one is on the TLC cable network. It involves following five families in Dearborn Michigan. From what I have read, they seem to be five typical American families going about their daily lives.
One family has a dad who is a high school football coach, mom is a part time secretary and there are four children.
Another family has a dad who is a deputy chief at the sheriff’s office. Wife is an automotive marketing coordinator. There are four children.
Family three has a mom who is described as an “ambitious businesswoman”.
Family four are newlyweds expecting their first child.
Family five are described as pillars of the community.
The families are all Americans. Any problem with that? No, well their religion happens to be Islam. Now is there a problem? A right-wing group calling themselves the Florida Family Association (FFA) certainly saw one. Maybe they are not used to seeing families with loving parents and good kids.
Well, this hate group started a campaign and got Lowe’s, the home-improvement company to withdraw its sponsorship of the program, “All American Muslim”.
Lowe’s complied. I am honestly shocked! I cannot believe that Lowe’s would do such a thing. It appears that every year right wing hate groups get more and more powerful in this country — at the expense of the rest of us. It is indeed a sad day when large corporations feel that they need to follow their dictates.
Do you NOT practice the same brand of Christianity that the FFA practices? Maybe you will be next to feel the heat of their bigotry. Are you a Jew? You for sure are in their sights. Are you a Catholic? Beware, this country has certainly known anti-Catholic bias. It doesn’t end. These bigots need to be stopped. An attack on anyone is an attack on you and me!
I could write all day, but I couldn’t say it as well as Pastor Martin Niemoller, a Lutheran pastor who was imprisoned by the Nazis:
In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me — and by that time, no one was left to speak up.
It is a nice bit of writing but the rest of his story is pretty interesting, too. Neimoller was initially a supporter of Hitler and the Nazis — and an anti-Semite. Somewhere, at sometime he said something that the Nazis didn’t like, so he spent the years 1937 to 1945 in the Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps. Here was a man who was a German of the “right” religion, and a Nazi supporter from day one, yet, somehow he STILL screwed-up. From his release in 1945 until the time he died in 1984 he expressed deep regret about not having done enough to help the victims of the Nazis, and to fight National Socialism.
So, then, you are not an American Muslim? Therefore you don’t need to be worried, right? You couldn’t be more wrong!