While delivering a powerful speech on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Fitr’s reception to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Secretary of Statesaid that while making a film against someone’s religion is wrong, using religion as an excuse to commit acts of violence is something that will never be tolerated.
While Clinton largely expressed her own beliefs about religion, at several times during the speech, her comments appeared to be a direct response to the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya and the death of four diplomats as a result of it.
She strongly rejected the idea of anti-Islamic film spreading like fire over the internet, calling it “inflammable and despicable.” Clinton, however, noted that all religions face insults at the hands of people belonging to other religions, but how a person reacts to that insult is something that separates people of true faith from religious fanatics.
"When Christians are subject to insults to their faith, and that certainly happens, we expect them not to resort to violence. When Hindus or Buddhists are subjected to insults to their faiths, and that also certainly happens, we expect them not to resort to violence," said Clinton, according to a report by ABC News. "The same goes for all faiths, including Islam."
Enforcing her point a degree more, Clinton said that such difficult times are a test of one’s faith and responding to such ignorant actions with enlightenment is what the world needs to do. "I so strongly believe that the great religions of the world are stronger than any insults. They have withstood offense for centuries," said Clinton. "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."
The secretary of state said that while it’s difficult to understand why people show hatred towards a certain religion, it’s not something to be discouraged of.
"In times like these, it can be easy to despair that some differences are irreconcilable, some mountains too steep to climb; we will therefore never reach the level of understanding and peacefulness that we seek, and which I believe the great religions of the world call us to pursue,” she said.
While condemning the act, Clinton also acknowledged the great amount of support United States has received from the Muslim world, as she thanked the Libyan Ambassador to United States, who gave a hearty tribute to the American Ambassador killed in Benghazi.