Arab nonprofit network refusing Lowe's donations

AP News
Posted: Dec 14, 2011 6:49 PM
Arab nonprofit network refusing Lowe's donations

A network of 22 Arab-American nonprofits says its members will no longer accept donations from Lowe's.

Wednesday's announcement comes after the home improvement chain stopped advertising during a reality TV show about U.S. Muslims.

The National Network for Arab American Communities and its Dearborn-based parent ACCESS said the retailer's decision contradicts their values.

Lowe's Cos. executives say TLC's "All-American Muslim" became a "lightning rod for people to voice complaints." The Mooresville, N.C.-based company's decision followed an email campaign by the conservative Christian group Florida Family Association.

The TV show chronicles five families in and near the Detroit suburb with large Muslim and Arab populations.

The Arab-American network says its members have accepted donations from Lowe's stores in the past. The group did not say how large those donations were.