In response to the violence and riots in Benghazi, Libya, Rev. Jim Wallis has released thefollowing statement:
“I was saddened to learn of the deaths of Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and the three members of his staff. This loss of life is a tragedy and inexcusable and my prayers are with the families and friends of those killed.
Attacks like this must be unequivocally condemned by religious and political leaders alike. There has been a unified response from many in the faith community, from Muslims, Christians and Jews, that no matter the grievance, violence like this is not justified.
It is also of the utmost importance to condemn the video that sparked these events. The video does not reflect the beliefs of the vast majority of Christians in America or across the world. Its intent is clearly to create unnecessary conflict and strife.
Conflict between religions is not inevitable, and it is more necessary than ever before for people of faith and good will to model an alternative way of living together. We must live in peace with those whom they might disagree.