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Hillary Clinton Condemns Violence Anti-Muslim Filmmakers Anticipated

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With anti-American protests still flaring around the Middle East, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came out this morning to express her utter disappointment and revulsion with the anti-Muslim movie trailer that started it all.

The video, she said, is "disgusting and reprehensible" and she reiterated that "the United States had absolutely nothing to do with this video."

"We absolutely reject its content and message. America's commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation," she said, according to Politico. She also urged protesters to adopt non-violent methods because "[violence] has no place in religion and is no way to honor religion."

"Islam, like other religions, respects the fundamental dignity of human beings, and it is a violation of that fundamental dignity to wage attacks on innocence." The mysterious group behind the video apparently knew this kind of thing would happen, and it seems they admit to wanting to see this kind of violence.

Steve Klein, a "consultant" on the film and known anti-Islam activist with ties to white supremacists, told The Guardian's Max Blumenthal, "We went into this knowing this was probably going to happen."

Though the video cannot completely be blamed for the deadly protests, it's clear Klein and his collaborator, identified as a militant Coptic Christian separatist named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, were hoping to foment political and social unrest here and abroad.

From Blumenthal's penetrating report:

Produced and promoted by a strange collection of rightwing Christian evangelicals and exiled Egyptian Copts, the trailer was created with the intention of both destabilizing post-Mubarak Egypt and roiling the US presidential election. As a consultant for the film named Steve Klein said: "We went into this knowing this was probably going to happen."

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Styling themselves as "counter-Jihadists", anti-Muslim crusaders like Klein took their cues from top propagandists like Pamela Geller, the blogger who once suggested that Barack Obama was the lovechild of Malcolm X, and Robert Spencer, a pseudo-academic expert on Muslim radicalization who claimed that Islam was no more than "a developed doctrine and tradition of warfare against unbelievers".

Both Geller and Spencer were labeled hate group leaders by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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On his personal Facebook page, Altar or Abolish, Klein obsesses over the Muslim Brotherhood, describing the organization as "a global network of Muslims attacking to convert the world's 6 billion people to Islam or kill them". Klein urges a violent response to the perceived threat of Islam in the United States, posting an image to his website depicting a middle-American family with a mock tank turret strapped to the roof of their car. "Can you direct us to the nearest mosque?" read a caption Klein added to the photo.

Blumenthal's report also confirms adult film star Tim Pax's version of events: actors were told the bare minimum about the project and essentially duped into appearing in what would become a vitriolic propaganda attack on Muslims, Islam, human dignity and good taste.

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  1. Religion fanatics and extremists are uncontrollable children with weapons. Knowing that, don`t wake the sleeping children.

    Posted by: Malaysian Ho | Sep 13, 2012 2:56:03 PM


  2. I love it when she gets pissed off. Go get 'em Hilz!

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Sep 13, 2012 2:58:08 PM


  3. Sociopaths. Only sociopaths would purposely incite religious tensions knowing that American lives would be lost as a result and then see that as a success. It's sickening. So much for the sanctity of life.

    Posted by: John | Sep 13, 2012 3:06:46 PM


  4. Charlie Manson did not personally kill all of the people his followers killed, but he was guilty of murder just the same. These two, and their co-conspirators, and also guilty of murder, of the Ambassador, of his security guards, and of everyone who has died as a result of the video--they should be prosecuted immediately. They have already admitted guilt.

    Posted by: cfox | Sep 13, 2012 3:09:59 PM


  5. Keep in mind, however, that the killings at the Consulate in Libya were likely done by a militia with a grudge who used the mob protest as cover for their attack, and may have even incited it for that purpose. Mobs don't typically have rocket-propelled grenades. So the outrage over the video was just a smoke-screen, and no killings have seriously been attributed to reaction to the video alone.

    Posted by: Zlick | Sep 13, 2012 3:28:23 PM


  6. Zlick makes a good point. The reporting from NBC (highlighted by Maddow last night) suggests that the people who attacked the ambassador and his staff were not protestors, but a separate militant group who took advantage of the disorder caused by the protests.

    Posted by: RyanInWyo (formerly RyanInSacto) | Sep 13, 2012 3:34:37 PM


  7. Another attack and more denials that muslim adherents are not violent. Muslims are going to keep doing what they've been doing because it works. Until people stand up to them and they know they can't get their way they will continue.

    What I'm really sick of is Middle Eastern people forcing themselves onto the West. It's bad enough that a Middle Eastern religion, Christianity, entered the minds of Europeans centuries ago. Now, we have to deal with their jealous, dysfunction, hatred, violence etc.

    Posted by: Bill | Sep 13, 2012 4:08:17 PM


  8. Does anyone remember the Carter Presidency? Mark Twain said,"History doesn't repeat its self, but it rhymes." Get ready for eight years of Romney and four of Ryan. Furthermore, just because Dinesh D'Souza, born to Goan Catholic parents, says he is a Evangelical and made the movie Obama 2016 with Gerald Molen an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, doesn't mean they used the film to insite a certain group of people to take political action based on their religion beliefs, is comparable to Nakoula Basseley Nakoula a Catholic and Steve Klein an Evangelical. No, couldn't be, never, go back to sleep, nothing to see hear, move along, everybody dance now . . . .

    Posted by: David | Sep 13, 2012 4:18:38 PM


  9. I would take money that the makers of the film and the trailer and the instigators of the protests are Israeli plants.

    Posted by: re | Sep 13, 2012 4:27:25 PM


  10. I don't know, David. The media has been very hard on Romney for his and his campaign's behavior after the murder in Libya.

    It breaks my heart that Ambassador Stevens cared so much for the Libyan people, and even died for them.


    Bill,
    be careful. People will mistake you for Ratbastard.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 13, 2012 4:27:34 PM


  11. Utterly hilarious that a pants-wearing, loud-mouthed, American feminist imagines a) that she is an expert on Islam or religion in general and therefore qualified to give a lecture on it, and b) that she will be acknowledged or respected as such by Muslims anywhere.

    Pack up your messianic feminist tool box and go home, America. The Islamic world has no use for you. None, whatsoever....

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 13, 2012 4:47:18 PM


  12. "What I'm really sick of is Middle Eastern people forcing themselves onto the West"

    I think you have that backwards, Bill.

    America invaded Iraq.

    America invaded Afghanistan.

    America propped up the Shah of Iran.

    America subsidizes Israel for the sake of denying basic rights to Palestinians.

    America propped up Mubarak.

    America props up the Saudi royal family.

    America is dropping bombs on Pakistan.

    America, through NGOs, is pursuing a feminist crusade in an attempt to empower women and disempower men in every Muslim country they have a presence in.

    And you think Muslims are the aggressors in all of this? Seriously?

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 13, 2012 4:53:09 PM


  13. Phuk Islam and Christianity. It is poison for the mind, and has been since man created it. It will never end as long as we have so many uneducated people. We are doomed.

    Posted by: Reppin2 | Sep 13, 2012 5:03:46 PM


  14. I hate women because I'll never get to be one.

    Vagina envy.

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 13, 2012 5:15:56 PM


  15. There's nothing in the quote attacking the violence. She's attacking the movie. It's very defensive.

    Considering she attacks people who attack or condemn religion, I suppose that applies to a lot of commentators here on TR too. Ouch, that's gotta hurt. Though, maybe she misspoke.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 13, 2012 6:00:18 PM


  16. Bill, that's pretty much the exact rhetoric that anti-gay activists use whenever a gay man is convicted (or even just accused) of sexually abusing a child. Using that logic only serves to legitimize it.

    Posted by: John | Sep 13, 2012 6:15:56 PM


  17. The movie is right. Islam is a backward culture. By the way, it kills gays. Or have you forgotten? Look at how cranes are used to suspend gay guys in Iran.

    A lot of you are Democrat Party shills who follow the Democrat Party line so that you don't offend your masters in the Democrat Party. You're Uncle Toms.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 13, 2012 6:48:46 PM


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