Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, December 12, 2011 11:05 pm

Quote of the day, “All-American Muslim” edition


Commenter “justcorbly” at Ed’s place:

What religion you practice, if any, has nothing to do with being an American. It takes courage and thought to put away our natural wariness and fear of people who seem different than us. But, defining Americans by faith or genetics or anything other than adherence to the Constitution is a very dangerous game. People who can’t agree to that might want to re-examine their commitment to democracy.*

Sometime after I left the newspaper but before I landed where I am now, I applied for an online PR job at Lowes HQ in Mooresville. It would have been interesting to be involved in the discussion that led to this decision, because anyone with half a brain could have seen this disaster coming a mile away. I’d like to think I could have prevented a bad decision. I’d also like to think that if I couldn’t head it off, I would have resigned, but the truth is that I don’t know whether I would have or not. At any rate, here’s a lesson for PR n00bs: Anytime you get petitions from a group with “Family Association” in its name asking you to do something, it’s almost invariably a good idea to do exactly the opposite.

*Cue the trolls saying, “But America isn’t a democracy, it’s a republic.” And it is. A democratic republic. Morons.

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4 Comments »

  1. “But, defining Americans by faith or genetics or anything other than adherence to the Constitution is a very dangerous game. People who can’t agree to that might want to re-examine their commitment to democracy.”

    Yeah sept them ignerent creationists who belongs in jail . Theys so stoopid,( Lex )

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Tuesday, December 13, 2011 2:12 am @ 2:12 am | Reply

  2. One nation, under MY ENGLISH SPEAKING WHITE MALE GOD, dammit!

    Comment by Roch101 — Tuesday, December 13, 2011 7:25 am @ 7:25 am | Reply

  3. Lowes would have been smarter to never have been a sponsor of that program. And others will probably shy away from such in the future. Finding sponsors will be difficult.

    Comment by Ken Hill — Tuesday, December 13, 2011 7:26 am @ 7:26 am | Reply

  4. @Fred: I don’t think they’re un-American, just uninformed.

    @Ken: I presume, given the hundreds, if not thousands, of television advertising options, that something in the viewership data was compelling to Lowes or they would never have bought time on the show in the first place. Of course, I also presumed (once) that our financial overlords would never blow up the economy for short-term gain, so what do I know?

    Comment by Lex — Tuesday, December 13, 2011 8:12 am @ 8:12 am | Reply


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