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Statement on the U.S. Consulate Attack

Raleigh, North Carolina: September 12, 2012 -- The Muslim American American Public Affairs Council (MAPAC) strongly condemns the barbaric attack on the U.S. Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi that erupted during protests last night. Four Americans were killed in the attack, among them the U.S. Envoy to Libya, Ambassador J Christopher Stevens.

This brutal and senseless act of violence occurred amidst angry protests decrying an anti-Islamic film produced in the U.S. that appeared on the internet. Thousands of people protested the film in Egypt, Tunis and other countries yesterday. The film is highly insulting to the religious sentiments of Muslims.

Although MAPAC is committed to the constitutional right of free speech, there is no question that the purposeful provocation of any religious group is divisive and reprehensible. However, responding with violence only plays into the hands of those who seek to divide us and inevitably leads to painful and tragic loss. 

We at MAPAC extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of those killed; and urges Muslim Americans and Muslims around the world to always react with reason, not anger, against any ignorant attack on Islam and Muslims.

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