“The United States ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was killed along with three of his staff in an attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi Tuesday night by an armed mob angry over a short American-made video mocking Islam’s founding prophet, the White House and Libyan officials said on Wednesday,” writes David D. Kirkpatrick in the New York Times today [12 September 2012].
What can American Muslims do to prevent such senseless violence that makes Islam seem medieval?
Those of us living in the U.S. are understandably uncomfortable with such expressions of free speech, but we also understand that they must be permitted or democracy is a sham.
Can we do more than just speak up, as CAIR has done? (Nihad Awad, executive director, said in a press release yesterday, “The only proper response to intentional provocations such as this film is to redouble efforts to promote mutual understanding between faiths and to marginalize extremists of all stripes.”
Read more about the troubles in Libya and Egypt here: U.S. Envoy to Libya Is Killed in Attack.