For the pathetic decisions by Lowe’s Home Improvement and for the hate mongers and bigots like Christian Florida Family Association, there are others who reject their message of bigotry. People like U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison, actress Mia Farrow, California state Senator Ted Lieu, mogul Russell Simmons and many others step up and lead through their words and actions.
Keith Ellison, one of only two Muslim congressmen, also signed the petition.
“The success of All-American Muslim shows how ready the country is to learn about Muslims as Americans,” he said in a statement.
“This probably makes hate-mongers uncomfortable — as they should be,” Mr Ellison, a Democrat who site in the House of Representatives for a Minnesota district.
The petition had a positive impact and Tuesday Russell Simmons, a hip-hop Mogul and a practicing Buddhist, said he had bought spots for the next week’s show. He said he wanted to buy time for this week’s show as well but it was sold out.
“Just purchased remaining spots for #allamericanmuslim for next week The show is now sold out! keep your money Lowe’s and we will keep ours,” Mr Simmons tweeted.
Famous American actress, singer, humanitarian, and fashion model, Mia Farrow asked her followers to join her in a boycott of the home improvement chain, tweeting: “Big effort on Twitter to hit Lowe’s where it hurts, Let’s all boycott Lowe’s.”
California state Senator Ted Lieu called the Lowe’s ad pull, “stunning bigotry.”
“I call on Lowe’s to rescind its action and apologise to Americans who are Muslim. If Lowe’s continues its religious bigotry, I will encourage boycotts of Lowe’s and look into legislative remedies,” he wrote.