A story on the morning news caught my ear this week as I got dressed for work. Sixty major national-chain television advertisers – I mean the heavy hitters with the big bucks, not the late-night, low-budget guys – are pulling their support from The Learning Channel’s weekly program All-American Muslim. The show looks into the lives of Muslim families living in Dearborn, Michigan, a Detroit suburb which is reported to have a 30% Muslim population.
Those who criticize the show have successfully appealed to advertisers to pull their support, alleging that the program is un-American and calls America’s traditional values into question. Those who support the show say it does nothing more than cast a spotlight on the daily lives of Muslim families living, working, and raising their children in this country. What’s more, supporters say the First Amendment and the Constitution protects freedom to practice religion as anyone sees fit; that's what America is all about.