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Rev. Jim Wallis Addresses Libyan Violence
Wednesday, September 12, 2012--
In response to the violence and riots in Benghazi, Libya, Rev. Jim Wallis has released the following statement:
I was saddened to learn of the deaths of Ambassador to Libya Christ Stevens and the three members of his staff. This loss of life is a tragedy and inexcusable and my prayers are with the families and friends of those killed.
Attacks like this must be unequivocally condemned by religious and political leaders alike. There has been a unified response from many in the faith community, from Muslims, Christians and Jews, that no matter the grievance, violence like this is not justified.
It is also of the utmost importance to condemn the video that sparked these events. The video does not reflect the beliefs of the vast majority of Christians in America or across the world. Its intent is clearly to create unnecessary conflict and strife.
Conflict between religions is not inevitable, and it is more necessary than ever before for people of faith and good will to model an alternative way of living together. We must live in peace with those whom they might disagree.
Jim Wallis is the president and CEO of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States focused on the biblical call to social justice. Wallis is also author of the New York Times bestsellers God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It and The Great Awakening: Seven Ways To Change The World, Reviving Faith & Politics. His latest book is Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street.
Sojourners' mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world. Visit www.sojo.net , and www.GodsPolitics.com .