Congressman Keith Ellison

Representing the 5th District of Minnesota

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Ellison Statement on Lowe's Removal of All-American Muslim Advertisement

Dec 11, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON--Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement today after Lowe's decided to pull its advertisement from TLC’s All-American Muslim series:

“Lowe's Corporation has chosen to uphold the beliefs of a fringe hate group and not the creed of The First Amendment, which guarantees the free exercise of religion. This is disappointing since the success of 'All-American Muslim' shows how ready the country is to learn about Muslims as Americans. This probably makes hate mongers uncomfortable--as they should be. Our nation's history is full of examples demonstrating how we have repeatedly torn down false divisions hate groups choose to create. But the struggle against bigotry and hatred must continue so we never give in to intolerance like Lowe's Corporation has done. Corporate America needs to take a stand against these anti-Muslim fringe groups and stand up for what is right because this is what it means to be an American."