Anti-Islam film stirs outrage as violence spreads

On Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton condemned an anti-Islam film, calling it “disgusting and reprehensible.” Clinton and other … Continued

On Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton condemned an anti-Islam film, calling it “disgusting and reprehensible.”

Clinton and other leaders rejected “Innocence of Muslims” and trailers for the movie, which stirred outrage throughout the Muslim world as protests and violence spread to Yemen. Trailers recently went viral.

A southern Californian Coptic Christian Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has been identified as a key figure behind the anti-Islamic film. Another person linked to the film, Steve Klein, has ties to hate groups and cast and crew said they were “grossly misled” and didn’t know they were making a propaganda film.

“Clinton spoke two days after U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, an attack that analysts said was staged by militants to coincide with a demonstration against the controversial movie,” The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Fla. pastor Terry Jones, who in recent years has called for the burning of Muslims’ sacred book, the Koran, endorsed the film, but he was not ”able to post the short video mocking the Islamic prophet Muhammad” because his organization’s Web site had been hacked, the Miami Herald reported.

General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, asked Jones not to promote the video, Reuters reported.

“Jones said he told Dempsey that he would ‘definitely consider it,’ but later told reporters he would ignore the request during a lengthy interview in the building that once housed his congregation,” the Miami Herald reported.

View Photo Gallery: U.S. diplomatic compounds came under attack Tuesday in Egypt and Libya, where State Department employees were killed.

In a statement released Thursday, Bishop Serapion of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California and Hawaii, said:

A statement from Dr. Laila Bugaighis, chair of the National Protection Against Violence Committee:

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