6:46 PM EST, December 14, 2011
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A network of 22 Arab-American nonprofits says its members will no longer accept donations from Lowe's after the home improvement chain stopped advertising during a reality TV show about U.S. Muslims.
The National Network for Arab American Communities and its Dearborn-based parent ACCESS announced Wednesday the retailer's decision to cut ads from TLC's "All-American Muslim" contradicts their values.
Minnesota U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, California state Sen. Ted Lieu and others have criticized Lowe's decision. Executives with the Mooresville, N.C.-based company say the show became a "lightning rod for people to voice complaints."
Lowe's move came after the conservative Christian group the Florida Family Association's email campaign asking companies to pull their ads.
The show chronicles five families in and near the Detroit suburb with large Muslim and Arab populations.
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