1 American Dead in Egypt, Libya Protests
Film from US that ridicules Mohammed sparks outrage
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 11, 2012 3:56 PM CDT
Updated Sep 11, 2012 6:57 PM CDT
Egyptian protesters climb the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.   (Nasser Nasser)

(Newser) – Protesters climbed the walls of the US embassy in Egypt's capital today and brought down the American flag, replacing it with a black Islamist flag to protest a US-produced film attacking the Prophet Mohammed. Hours later, armed men in eastern Libya stormed the US consulate in Benghazi and set it on fire as anger spread. A Libyan security official says one American consulate employee was shot dead in the assault and another was wounded in the hand. Details were still sketchy.

The origins of the video are a bit murky, but a trailer in English on YouTube ridicules Mohammed as a fraud, a womanizer, and a madman. It reportedly depicts him having sex and calling for masseuses. Morris Sadek, an Egyptian-born Christian in the US known for his anti-Islam views, said he was promoting the video on his website and on TV. Sam Bacile, an American citizen who said he produced, directed, and wrote the two-hour film, said he had not anticipated such a furious reaction. Both said the main point of the film is intended to show how Coptic Christians are oppressed in Egypt, a reflection of their contention that Islam is inherently oppressive. For several days, Egyptian media have been playing excerpts and blaming Sadek for it.

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fancygapva
Sep 12, 2012 9:30 AM CDT
Having read all the genius solutions here from all you good Christians advocating violence on Muslims, I have to wonder if similar genius conversations didn't take place among the muslims over the Mohammed movie before they stormed the embassy. All lynch mobs sound alike and just about everyone on this thread sounds like they are part of a lynch mob. The display made by fundamentalists of all stripes over such things as say, the movie The Last Temptation of Christ, or the exercise of rights like say, abortions or gay marriage (where legal) is no different here than in Libya or Egypt. It is EXTREME BELIEFS on any side that would interfere with the rights and beliefs of others, or dehumanize them that is the problem. The two film-makers..."didn't think it would be a problem"? Those among you who dehumanize the "other" by calling them monkeys or other less than human names (In Rwanda the Tutsis called the Hutus "cockroaches" and in Nazi Germany Jews and homosexuals and gypsies were called less than human) are primitive thinkers. No better than those who killed our ambassador..
FLGator
Sep 12, 2012 5:59 AM CDT
Don't give a flying ruck if obama practices voodooism. He's a lousy president and that's what he should be judged on - not what you "think" his religious beliefs are.
Corsica
Sep 12, 2012 5:56 AM CDT
Aren't there Marine guards at these embassies? And isn't any attack on an embassy an attack on US soil? Shouldn't the Marines have fired on these attacking monkeys? I mean WTF? This country is so fkg impotent when it come to situations like this.