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Secretary Clinton Gives Strong Religion Speech After Embassy Attacks

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Protests that led to the deaths of the U.S. Ambassador in Libya and three other Americans at the consulate in Benghazi spread across the region. In response to the recent violence Secretary Clinton gave a strong speech about religion.

Dan Robinson, Voa News, September 12, 2012:

“This is an attack that should shock the conscience of people of all faiths around the world. We condemn in the strongest terms this senseless act of violence and we send our prayers to the families, friends and colleagues of those we have lost,” she said. “This was an attack by a small and savage group, not the people or government of Libya,” she said,

President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens on Tuesday. Obama also responded to criticism from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The White House said Obama spoke with the families of Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith, another embassy employee who was killed in Benghazi.

In the White House Rose Garden with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by his side, Obama said he ordered steps to enhance security for U.S. diplomats and personnel around the world.

The United States, he said, will not rest until those responsible for the killings are brought to justice.

“We are working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats, and I have also directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world.  And make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people,” Obama said.

Ambassador Stevens and the three other Americans were killed when a mob, angered by an amateur film that mocks Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, stormed the U.S. consulate in Libya.

In Egypt, protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Tuesday, destroying an American flag and replacing it with an Islamic banner — also in response to the film.

Stevens’ death was the first of an American ambassador abroad in more than 20 years. The State Department identified Foreign Service Information Management Officer, Sean Smith, as one of the others killed.

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