PATERSON, N.J. (AP) -- Members of New Jersey's large Muslim community plan to protest outside a Lowe's store in Paterson on Friday.

They're criticizing the company's decision to pull ads from a reality TV show about American Muslims.

Aref Assaf, the head of the Paterson-based American Arab Forum, says the protest is meant to show that most Americans respect diversity and get along with one another. He says Lowe's is caving in to extremist elements that don't represent the views of most Americans.

Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe's has stood by its decision to pull adds from the TLC reality show All-American Muslim after complaints from an evangelical group.

New Jersey Democrats Rep. Bill Pascrell and Sen. Barbara Buono have both written letters to the company protesting its decision.

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