For the first time in weeks All-American Muslim is back in the news, not for anything on the show, but over the commercials. A number of sponsors have stopped advertising on the show, including Lowe's. Muslim groups and their supporters have taken this development in stride by trying to blackmail the home improvement chain into advertising on the failing TLC series.
Is blackmail the right word? California State Senator Ted Lieu threatened boycotts and more disturbingly "legislative remedies" if Lowe's doesn't submit. Lieu, who clearly doesn't believe in the separation of mosque and state, is shamelessly pandering to his Muslim constituents but his thuggery is fundamentally un-American and dangerous. No advertiser should be compelled to sponsor any television show.
Ignorance is also in the mix. Lieu and a dozen media outlets have chosen to take the word of the Florida Family Association that its complaints caused Lowe's to pull its ads. That may be the case, but there is a more probable explanation.