Anti-Islam film 'failed attempt to stir strife between Copts and Muslims': FJP

Ahram Online, Wednesday 12 Sep 2012

Freedom and Justice Party calls for prosecution of filmmakers behind anti-Islam film that has sparked protests in Cairo and Benghazi; US ambassador to Libya dies in rocket attack

Supporters of Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party (Photo: Reuters)

The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, issued a statement on Tuesday night condemning the anti-Islam film that has provoked protests in Egypt and Libya.

The statement accused members of the Coptic Diaspora of being behind the film, which they described as a "racist crime and a failed attempt to stir strife between Copts and Muslims."

The identity of the filmmaker was later revealed to be Sam Bacile, a fifty-two-year-old American-Israeli. Maurice Sadek, a conservative Coptic Christian living in the US, and controversial Pastor Terry Jones, who is known for his burning of the Quran, have been promoting the film, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal.

"The film is unacceptable on moral and religious levels, and marks an abuse of freedom of expression and a violation of people's sacred beliefs," read the statement.

Protesters burnt the Stars and Stripes at the US embassy in Cairo on Tuesday, whilst the US ambassador to Libya and three embassy staff were reportedly killed in a rocket attack in Benghazi on the same day.

The FJP called for fighting such occurrences through "joint dialogues between cultures and religions," and urged religious figures from both Al-Azhar and the Coptic Church "to work hard to counter this strife."

The statement called for sending the filmmakers to court for insulting "monotheistic religions." 

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