"We agree with Secretary Clinton, who said that ‘violence like this is no way to honor religion or faith.’ The extremists who carried out these attacks deserve punishment, and the extremists who produced and promoted an intentionally inflammatory film deserve condemnation,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said a statement.
Awad also said that CAIR “condemn[s] the disgraceful killings of the American diplomats in Libya in the strongest terms possible. We also condemn the attack on our nation's diplomatic facilities in Libya and Egypt. The actions of the attackers are totally inexcusable and un-Islamic.”
The Associated Press reported on Thursday that a man named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is behind the anti-Muslim film that supposedly prompted the violence in Egypt, Libya and Yemen.
A U.S. law enforcement official told the AP that a man calling himself Sam Bacile said he created the film, but the AP said it has now connected Nakoula to the Bacile persona.
On Tuesday, Awad urged “that this ignorant attempt to provoke the religious feelings of Muslims” be ignored because those who “created this trashy film do not represent the people of America or the Christian faith.”