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NJ Muslims Protest at Lowe’s Over Pulled Ad

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Members of New Jersey’s large Muslim community are protesting outside a Lowe’s store in Paterson.

President Obama visits a Lowes in Paterson following Hurricane Irene
President Obama visits a Lowes in Paterson following Hurricane Irene (Steve Zmijewski, Townsquare Media NJ)

They gathered Friday to criticize the company’s decision to pull ads from a reality TV show about American Muslims. About two dozen people gathered in the parking lot off a busy highway and held signs that said “Don’t Appease Hate Mongers” and “Discrimination is Low, Lowe’s.”

Aref Assaf, the head of the Paterson-based American Arab Forum, says the protest is meant to show that most Americans respect diversity and get along with one another. He says Lowe’s is caving in to extremist elements that don’t represent the views of most Americans.

Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s has stood by its decision to pull ads from the TLC reality show “All-American Muslim” after complaints from an evangelical group.

A handful of people also showed up to support Lowe’s decision.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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