‘All-American Muslim’ – Suehaila Amen Reflects on the Show

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TLC’s “All-American Muslim” is airing its season finale tonight. The episode follows the trajectory of most reality-show season finales — some story lines are satisfactorily wrapped up (hint: Coach Zaban’s Fordson Tractors play a seminal game against their archrivals, Dearborn High), while other cast members near a climax in their personal stories (will Suehaila Amen [Read More...]

‘All-American Muslim’ – The Power of Thank You

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This is the third in a series of commentaries regarding TLC’s “All-American Muslim,” written by Rabbi Jack Bemporad, Reverand Dr. James A. Kowalski, Professor Marshall Breger, and Suhail A. Khan. This Sunday is the last installment of “All-American Muslim,” the reality television series on TLC that was the target of fringe, anti-Muslim hate rhetoric. The [Read More...]

‘All-American Muslim’ – From Many, One Nation

This piece was written by Rabbi Jack Bemporad, Center for Interreligious Understanding, N.J., with co-authors: The Very Reverend Dr. James A. Kowalski, Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City; Professor Marshall Breger, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. and former Reagan White House liaison to the Jewish community; and [Read More...]

TLC’s ‘All-American Muslim’ Addresses the Tragedy of 9/11

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As American Muslims, along with the rest of the country, prepared for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 last fall, the one sentiment that seemed to reverberate most was this: We need to tell our own narratives. This Sunday (Jan. 1), TLC’s “All-American Muslim” embraces this idea by focusing on how each cast member commemorates (or [Read More...]

Ani Zonneveld: Why I Watch ‘All-American Muslim’

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This is a guest post by Ani Zonneveld. As a Muslim, I like watching TLC’s “All-American Muslim.” It gives me an insight into how other fellow Muslims, who are not like me, live their lives. Unlike the community in Dearborn, Michigan, I don’t live in a mostly Arab community. My community is mostly white, mixed [Read More...]

Dear Lowe’s: Islamophobia is as equally reprehensible as anti-Semitism

This is a guest post from Rev. Carl Gregg, pastor, author, and Patheos blogger, in response to the recent controversy about Lowes pulling its advertisement from TLC’s “All-American Muslim,” after pressure from the Florida Family Association. Dear Lowe’s: Islamophobia is as equally reprehensible as anti-Semitism. Both are forms of racism and bigotry. Christians must stop confusing Christianity [Read More...]

Those Protestant Muslims Next Door

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This is a guest post by Jerry Park, originally published on Patheos’ “Black, White, and Grey: Where Christianty and Sociology Meet” blog. In a previous post I talked some about the non-Christian religious diversity among Asian Americans, and I mentioned some of the research that shows that since 9/11 most white Christian Americans still know [Read More...]

Anya Cordell: How to Make This Situation a Win/Win for Muslims and Lowes

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This is a guest post from Jewish activist Anya Cordell, recipient of the 2010 Spirit of Anne Frank award. Is there a way for the storm swirling around Lowes (for pulling advertising from TLC’s “All American Muslims”) to calm, and for Lowes and Muslims and others to all be ‘winners’?  I believe there is. This [Read More...]

Lowes Boycott of TLC’s ‘All-American Muslim’ Has United Muslims, Americans

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This is a guest post from Patheos contributor Wajahat Ali. This is the unabridged version of the article; the edited version originally appeared in The Guardian. The decision by Lowe’s, behemoth chain of retail home improvement and appliance stores, to pull its ads from TLC’s reality TV show “All American Muslim,” ceded to the bigotry, [Read More...]

Battle Between TLC’s ‘All-American Muslim’ and Lowes Reaches The Daily Show

If there are two good examples of how social networking and a strong issue/cause is a match made in heaven, then it’s the “Arab Spring” — specifically the “We are Khalid Said” Facebook and Twitter mantra leading to the extraordinary events in Cairo’s Tahrir Square (and the downfall of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak) last spring [Read More...]


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