American Muslims Strongly Condemn Killing of U.S. Ambassador to Libya

(Washington, DC – September 12, 2012) – American Muslims join President Obama in condemning the horrific act of killing Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in a mob attack in Benghazi today.

The Muslim American Society (MAS) stands with people of conscience and sends its condolences to the families of the victims.

“We firmly believe this was a cowardly act totally contradicting the teachings of Islam,” said Oussama Jammal, chairman of MAS-PACE. “If people had objections to a film about the Prophet Muhammad, they should exemplify his character of peace, passion and forgiveness instead of resorting to murder.” “Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance and respects the freedom of expression” Oussama Jammal emphasized.

At this point in time, when the world is making strides going forward in the realms of democracy and freedom, such acts take us several steps back. MAS hopes that the perpetrators are brought to justice swiftly and that all those serving the United States at home and abroad can fulfill their duties safely and freely.

MAS-PACE is a division of the Muslim American Society (MAS) organized as a civic and educational organization. Its primary purpose is to conduct public relations, educate and mobilize the American Muslim community to participate in public affairs and civic activities on a non-partisan basis, and to activate a new generation of community activists. Established in 1993 as a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, the Muslim American Society (MAS) is a charitable, religious, social, cultural, and educational organization. Over the past two decades, MAS has expanded to more than 50 chapters across the United States.