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Evangelicals Distance Themselves From Anti-Islamic Video

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  • The National Association of Evangelicals disavows the values in the film denigrating the Islamic prophet Muhammad as violence and protests erupt in Libya, Egypt and Yemen.

    NAE President Leith Anderson's statement, released Thursday, expressed grief for the four U.S. diplomats killed in a Tuesday attack on the U.S. Embassy located in Libya.

    While militants are reportedly responsible for the attack, other reports link the the ruckus at the U.S. Embassies in Cairo and Libya to a video promoted by Florida Pastor Terry Jones.

    NAE stated that it was unaware of the film's existance and does not condone its message.

    “Very few Americans knew anything about this film until the violence started,” said Anderson. “This insulting video does not represent the vast majority of Americans who desire to live at peace with people of other faiths.”

    Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed as well as three other U.S. diplomats. Freedom from religion group Military Religious Freedom Foundation stated that one of the slain diplomats, Glen Doherty, is a former Navy SEAL and one of the first members of the MRFF's Advisory Board.

    MRFF President and Founder Mikey Weistein said of Doherty "For Glen Doherty, combating the unconstitutional religious proselytizing within the U.S. military was simply a matter of fulfilling his sworn oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. In his capacity as one of the longest-serving core contributors to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Glen initiated and fulfilled his tasks with enormous verve and unflagging enthusiasm."

    Weistein described Doherty as "a brother, a dear family friend, and a trusted colleague" and said his death "is already being sorely felt, but the radiance he exuded will ensure that our memory of his deeds will never dim."