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Baton Rouge Muslims react to U.S. embassy attacks

Members of LSU Muslim Student Association watch the CNN coverage of attack on U.S. Embassy in Libya Members of LSU Muslim Student Association watch the CNN coverage of attack on U.S. Embassy in Libya
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Some of the members of LSU Muslim Student Association say what happened in Libya on Tuesday was outrageous. Not only do they think this attack was senseless act of violence, they say it goes against everything their religion teaches.

"A religion that teaches us peace and prosperity, and then we go against it and kill other people...I'm not judging people, but I wouldn't even call them Muslim," said Ammar Qureshi, faculty advisor of the LSU Muslim Student Association.

The crowd made up of mostly conservative Muslims, took the streets in Benghazi, Libya, to protest an American film they believed insulted their religion. They ripped and burned American flags, then stormed and set fire to the U.S. embassy where ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

"That's not the way, and it's really saddening to hear people actually died from this event," said Saif Al-Qaisi, president of the MSA. "And people that had nothing to do with it too."

Members of the MSA did agree that the film was offensive to followers of Islam, but they say the reaction of the Libyans who tore through town was much worse.

"I just felt like my brothers and sisters overseas had kind of almost played right into the hands of people who wanted to provoke a stereotype. And when we were provoked, we just immediately went to that stereotype, and it broke my heart," said Nicholas Pierce, vice president of the MSA.

The common theme among these young men when talking about their faith was peace, and being a good person. They all say the attacks in Libya and other countries, done in the name of Islam, are just really frustrating to them.

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