AirTalk for September 14, 2012

Muslim leadership in reaction to YouTube film

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Mohamed al-Megaryef (C), president of Libya's highest political authority the General National Congress, reacts as he talks to the press after laying a wreath of flowers at the US Ambassador residence on September 14, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya.

Even as protests have spread across the Middle East, Muslims are not of one mind on the issue. Some Libyans were mourning the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, while others burned down a KFC fast food joint in Tripoli. Many American Muslims expressed regret over the violent demonstrations, but Egyptian leadership was slower to try to quell the outrage over a bizarre, low-budget YouTube movie denigrating the Prophet Mohammed. How should leaders in the Arab world be responding? Can free speech and Islam co-exist?

Guests:

Edina Lekovic, Director of Policy & Programming, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

Nader Hashemi, Assistant Professor and Director, Center for Middle East Studies, University of Denver


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