As the story surrounding an inflammatory anti-Muslim film shot in Southern California developed over the last week, KPCC's Public Insight Journalism team put together some questions for the public on what has become a volatile subject. The film, titled "Innocence of Muslims," mocks Muslims and the prophet Muhammad and has been blamed for sparking deadly violence in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, as news got out last week that the alleged filmmaker was an Egyptian American Coptic Christian from Cerritos, Calif. with a criminal record in the United States, the Coptic community was quick to distance itself from him, also fearing targeting. In recent days, Muslim and Coptic groups in Southern California have come together to denounce both the film and the violence.
We took our questions to Muslims living in Southern California and throughout the United States, who have found themselves not only feeling targeted, but also uncomfortable watching the violent reaction overseas. Several responses have come in so far. Here are two, slightly edited for clarity.