Violence and calls for violence persist around the world in reaction to an anti-Muslim film made in the USA. It’s unfortunate, says U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), but he says the U.S. stands for freedom of speech, even blasphemy. “The United States has to stand up for our beliefs, what we believe in, freedom of expression, but condemn in substance what I think is a terrible thing, a terrible diatribe against the Muslim religion,” he said.
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Protesters killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others in the U.S. embassy there last week, and there were riots outside the embassy in Egypt. Al Qaeda is calling for attacks on U.S. diplomats, while protesters in Indonesia want the producer of the anti-Islam film to be punished by the United States. It is unclear who the producer is. Durbin says the U.S. depends on host nations to help keep embassies secure.