Brave Libyans Attack Compound of Muslim Radicals Over Death of American Ambassador

When U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed by terrorists in Benghazi a week and a half ago, the people of Benghazi condemned the attack. They gathered to demonstrate against the violence and to send their condolences to the American people.

But the protests didn’t end there.

While still angry about the insulting “Innocence of Muslims” film, the people of Benghazi would no longer tolerate the militia group believed to be responsible for the attack on the U.S. consulate. Friday brought a new protest which culminated in crowds of Libyans storming the compound of the militia’s base. A second militia base was attacked resulting in injuries and one death.

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While the attack on the Consulate was unrelated to the blasphemous film, the timing tied the events together in the emotional experience of the Libyan people. Yet, everyday Muslims didn’t just condemn the content of the film; they condemned the use of violence as a response used to intimidate and incite fear.

This is a dramatic moment and may mark a turning point in America’s relationship with Islam around the world.

About Ericka M. Johnson

As a lover of science and reason, Ericka M. Johnson has an affinity for evolutionary biology and is the president of Seattle Atheists. She revels in any opportunity for a thoughtful debate on the meaning of life, the universe, and everything (especially over a pint.) Follow her on twitter @ErickaMJohnson


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