Film provoked Muslim violence

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Originally Published in The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Muslims around the world continue to protest violently in response to an anti-Islamic movie on YouTube. The movie sparked a series of protests, including the one that led to the killing of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

As a Muslim, I am appalled by the crude ways that my brothers have chosen to respond. Islam is a religion of peace, and these protests certainly are not peaceful.

On the other hand, even though I strongly believe in the freedom of speech, I feel making the movie was not a responsible use of this right. Many people in the Middle East already see us Americans as rich, powerful, selfish people working against their best interests. Add such a provocative measure, and the result is quite predictable.

Usama Khan, Grove City

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