President Obama strongly condemned the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, that left U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens (Christopher Stevens) and three other staffers dead, saying “While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants.” Mitt Romney has decided to make this a partisan issue, though he said foreign policy was a distraction. Terry Jones needs to be reined in because of his right wing evangelical extremism. We must be tolerant of the religions of others. That’s what makes America a great place. The same holds true for Sam Becile, who put the video up and The Coptic activist, Morris Sadek. J. Christopher Stevens, 52, was the first U.S. ambassador to be killed in the line of duty since 1979.
Below is the president’s full statement:
I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives.
I have directed my Administration to provide all necessary resources to support the security of our personnel in Libya, and to increase security at our diplomatic posts around the globe. While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants.
On a personal note, Chris was a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States. Throughout the Libyan revolution, he selflessly served our country and the Libyan people at our mission in Benghazi. As Ambassador in Tripoli, he has supported Libya’s transition to democracy. His legacy will endure wherever human beings reach for liberty and justice. I am profoundly grateful for his service to my Administration, and deeply saddened by this loss.
The brave Americans we lost represent the extraordinary service and sacrifices that our civilians make every day around the globe. As we stand united with their families, let us now redouble our own efforts to carry their work forward.
Here’s the video mocking Prophet Mohammad posted by Terry Jones: