MPAC Condemns Attacks, Calls for Protection of All Personnel

Washington, DC: The Muslim Public Affairs Council on Wednesday strongly condemns the attacks on the US Embassies in Cairo and Benghazi, Libya, and we grieve along with the rest of our nation over the deaths of four Americans, including US Ambassador Christopher Stevens. These attacks were not just an attack on our embassies but on our nation as a whole.

SPECIAL NOTE: Today, MPAC is holding a press conference (4988 N. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90042) at 11 a.m. PST in Los Angeles with interfaith and Libyan spokespeople.

SEE: “Obama Condemns Killing of U.S. Ambassador to Libya” (CNN)

The attacks come after a low-budget movie on YouTube called “Muhammad” incited anger by depicting Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in a demeaning and degrading manner. MPAC condemns the film and its desecration of religious symbols.

“This is a sad day for America as we mourn the deaths of four citizens who were living in a country to help Libyans achieve freedom,” said Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC President. “It is deplorable and unfortunate that such an irrelevant film has succeeded in its objectives of causing violence and death in Egypt and Libya.”

Earlier Wednesday, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a press conference at the White House about the attacks.

“No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation,” he said. “Make no mistake: Justice will be done to those responsible for this attack.”

We call for the protection of all U.S. personnel throughout the world. We look to our Muslim leadership to reflect on how we have reached such an extreme point in our community.

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(Founded in 1988, MPAC is an American institution which informs and shapes public opinion and policy by serving as a trusted resource to decision makers in government, media and policy institutions. MPAC is also committed to developing leaders with the purpose of enhancing the political and civic participation of American Muslims.)



Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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