Religion and the Middle East

Last week, violent protests erupted at U.S. Embassies in several Middle Eastern cities in response to a controversial video produced by a U.S. filmmaker disparaging the prophet Mohammad. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a powerful speech in response to the incidents — which included the death of three Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. While the upheaval continues, many have gathered in nonviolent protests to share messages of peace. Secretary Clinton talked about her own personal beliefs in her address: “I so strongly believe that the great religions of the world are stronger than any insults. They have withstood offense for centuries,” Clinton said.”Refraining from violence, then, is not a sign of weakness in one’s faith; it is absolutely the opposite, a sign that one’s faith is unshakable.” Share the article about Clinton’s speech with young adults and have a conversation about your reactions:

  • What do you think about what Secretary Clinton said? About the situation unfolding at U.S. Embassies in the Middle East?
  • What examples of religious insults — to any faith — can you name?
  • What’s one small thing you can do this week to learn more about another faith tradition?