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Hultgren Condemns Attack That Killed U.S. Libyan Ambassador, 3 Others

Local politicians grieve, condemn violence in the name of religion.

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement regarding the attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya: 

“Today I join President Obama, Gov. Romney, and all Americans in condemning this violence. It is tragic that this crime was apparently carried out in the name of religion."

Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three embassy staff were killed in the attack on the Benghazi consulate.

According to reports from the Chicago Tribune and many other sources, the violence was caried out by Islamic extremists angered by an American-made film posted on YouTube that they said insulted the Prophet Mohammad.

President Barack Obama called the attack "outrageous" and ordered increased security at U.S. diplomatic posts, according to the Tribune report.

The attack came late Tuesday evening. Official responses were delayed as U.S. leaders attempted to notify the next of kin.

Hultgren was the first representative from our area to issue a formal statement, which came at 9:03 a.m. Tuesday.

“In the days ahead, I hope America will respond with discernment and swift justice for those who have killed our own," Hultgren said. "Today, we will mourn with the four American families who have lost their loved ones.”

R.Cruse September 12, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Who would not condem these attacks? This is news? "Hultgren was the first representative from our area to issue a formal statement, which came at 9:03 a.m. Tuesday." Is this PR for him?
John Walsh September 12, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I'd like to see Rep. Hultgren condem the idiot extreme right-wing Christians who put up that crude video. It was made with the kind of hate that is not Christian.
Justin Eggar September 16, 2012 at 02:05 AM
John, I hope you can understand why I would take issue with your statement. If not, I'll list a few issues: 1. You statement condemning only the one side is by nature an endorsement of the other side. I happen to disagree with you... And believe its not okay to kill people just because somebody posted a video I disagree with. We can argue about is... But it might not be bad to be offended for the Americans that were, you know, murdered and stuff. 2. The fact that people react in this manner shows the there is a larger issue at stake than a video. The ability to justify attacking and murdering others because of your beliefs is something most of us aren't familiar with in the US. However, it seems to be much more common place in locations that jumped on this excuse for a video to lash out in such a manner. To reiterate: This is the US. If you want to, in similar fashion, condemn abortion clinics that were blown up because they did something that offended somebody's religion.. then do so. But please understand that it seems a little irrational to those of us that place a value on human life.
Lou B. September 16, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I think what you need to figure out, and document first Mr. Walsh, is whether their is truth or misinformation in the video. If it is truth, let it stand and kudos for those speaking the truth. If it is false, your condemnation is just fine with me.
Lou B. September 16, 2012 at 10:53 PM
I think what you need to figure out, (and document) Mr. John Walsh, is to what extent the video is historically accurate. If it is accurate, let it stand and kudos for those speaking the truth. If it is false, your condemnation is just fine with me. Regardless, your blanket statements about Christians says more about you than you portend to say about the video in question.

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