A battle is raging over the TLC reality show “All-American Muslims” after Lowe’s Home Improvement pulled its ads from the show in response to pressure from a conservative Christian group, as previously reported.
ABC News reports that the Christian group, the Florida Family Association, has had its website hacked and has received a flood of threats. The group’s executive director, David Caton, is standing firm, calling the hackers “terrorists.”
The hacking has been attributed to an international hacking group known as “Anonymous.”
Said Caton: "I think this proves the point that we’re trying to make that there’s a terrorist response to the ideology of free speech in America as it relates to values on the Christian side of the spectrum. I’ve probably gotten close to 1,800 emails, most of which are calling me the worst of names and threatening me."
Lowe’s, meanwhile, was under fire on a number of fronts, being targeted by boycotts and signature campaigns. A MoveOn.org campaign reportedly had gathered more than 25,000 signatures by Tuesday afternoon.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations had harsh words for both the Florida Family Association and Lowe’s. Said Dawud Walid, executive director of the group’s Michigan chapter: "They’re part of the 1 percent of intolerance in America and we’re part of the 99 percent. And Lowe’s, unfortunately, gave in to that 1 percent of fringe hate in America."