All American Muslim is a new series on TLC that follows the lives of five Muslim families from Dearborn, Michigan. Recently, Lowe’s pulled their advertising from the show because a Christian Evangelical group found the network’s positive portrayal of Muslim culture to be in bad taste. Now, the huddled masses have taken to Facebook to share their gratitude.
“Lowes, I respect you even more for pulling your advertising,” one commenter admitted. “How dare these people come into our country and try to take over and push their religion on us? I do not about offending anyone… Go home to your own country where you disrespect women and kill babies and children just because you think you can!”
Keep in mind, there are very few (if any) things in this world on which I claim to be an expert. Muslim culture certainly doesn’t come anywhere close to being on that list, but I like to think I know a thing or two about being a decent human being. Unfortunately, Commenter No. 5 – from Buzzfeed’s collection of the 25 dumbest reactions to Lowe’s decision to pull their advertising – was apparently absent from kindergarten that day. Oh, who am I kidding? I would be utterly shocked if anyone from that list attended a single day of school throughout their entire lives. Frankly, I’m amazed they were able to figure out how to turn on their computers, and it frightens me to think that that above-quoted comment was probably the best-written, most educated sounding one of the whole bunch. I mean, “I do not about offending anyone.” What?! I can surmise from that fragmented sentence what idiocy the author was attempting to convey, but it only serves to further my disgust. Someone needs to take a trip below the Mason-Dixon line (I’m making an assumption here. Prove me wrong.) and remind this moron that America was founded by a few boatloads of people who were hoping to escape from a very specific kind of tyranny; one that would not allow them to freely practice their own religious beliefs. You don’t have to be Christian to be an American, and I highly doubt Mike Jafaar (husband, father of four, police officer and patriarch of one of the families from All American Muslim) spends his days brutally murdering women and children or breaking any laws, for that matter. And, so long as they’re not hurting anyone, who cares what they choose to believe? You know what I believe? I believe that you, Commenter No. 5, are likely one of the stupidest, most ignorant people in the entire country, and it kind of fascinates me that foreign families still seek refuge here. I don’t know whether or not the Jafaars are first generation immigrants, but either way, I’d like to apologize to them and the other families from the show on behalf of all Americans. And might I say, welcome home.