Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lowe's Kowtows to Right-Wing Bigots

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A message from PFAW:
Maybe you've heard about a recent controversy whipped up by the extremist Florida Family Association over TLC's reality show "All-American Muslim" and the subsequent decision by Lowe's Home Improvement to pull its advertising from the show. 

Lowe's speedy capitulation to a small right-wing hate group sets a dangerous precedent and emboldens bigots. 

Please sign our petition to Lowe's Chairman and CEO Robert Niblock now, urging the company to reverse course and reject bigotry.

TLC launched a popular reality show called "All-American Muslim" about everyday Americans, who happen to be Muslim, going about their lives. They play sports, they go school, they go to work and pay their taxes. This was too much for the anti-Muslim fear mongers at the Florida Family Association, who were outraged that the show was depicting Muslims as "ordinary folks just like you and me." An article on the organization's web site suggests that the show instead depict "one of its secular, attractive nominal Muslims as he decided to get more serious about his faith, and ended up participating in jihad activity or Islamic supremacist efforts." 

Lowe's should have ignored the Right's bigoted pleas and gone about its business. Instead it caved to a group of bigoted extremists. 

Sign our petition to Lowe's chairman and CEO Robert Niblock right now urging the company to reject extremism and reinstate its advertising on "All-American Muslim."

The company claims it is committed to diversity. It's time to prove it. 

-- Ben Betz, Online Strategy Manager 

P.S. You can also speak out with your decisions as a consumer. People For the American Way encourages all Americans who value religious liberty and reject hate to spend their money elsewhere this holiday season, until Lowe's Home Improvement takes action to make clear its rejection of the Radical Right's anti-Muslim hysteria and bigotry.

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