At some point in the recent past, Lowes made a decision that I'm confident they now really, really regret--they decided to sponsor the TLC TV show "All-American Muslim".
After catching substantial static, they decided to withdraw their sponsorship. As a private corporation, they have that right, just as they had the right to sponsor it in the first place.
Looters in Congress are upset.
A Michigan congressman spoke out against the company's decision Sunday, saying the company is "upholding the beliefs of a fringe hate group."
Yes, Lowes customers, you are now part of a "fringe hate group". Congratulations, and welcome to the crowd. Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month--you'll be notified of the location closest to you at the appropriate time.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) also said Lowe's is choosing to disregard the First Amendment.
Mr. Ellison should be removed from office now for terminal failure to understand the Constitution that he swore to uphold and defend. The First Amendment applies to the Federal government. Via the doctrine of incorporation, it also applies to the states. It does not apply to private businesses or individuals.
However, the Big Red Stamp-o-FAIL goes to California Sen. Ted Lieu, who is threatening legislative action if Lowe's doesn't apologize to the offended Muslims and reinstate the ads on the show.
There's enough FAIL there that we may actually be able to witness it's implosion into a FAIL Hole, an item long postulated by physics but as yet unobserved. A Fail Hole sucks in all reasonable thought that comes too near, pulling into a place from which there is no escape. You know, sort of like California, but more intense.
Somewhere in the corporate bowels of Lowes, there is some poor soul who approved this decision, trying to figure out how they will live on unemployment until this is forgotten. I have to wonder if they were involved in New Coke as well?