Congressman André Carson today released the following statement regarding the killing of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and other members of the U.S. diplomatic corps:
During his tour in Libya, U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens served as a devoted public servant and fitting embodiment of American ideals. He and his team, including Information Officer Sean Smith, were not combatants; they were allies to the Libyan people, empowering their pursuit of democracy and offering insight into the transition for a better future. I join all Americans in mourning the loss of Ambassador Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and the other Americans who were killed in this act of senseless violence.
The actions of this extremist mob are deplorable and should be condemned by anyone who hopes for peace and democracy throughout the world. While the attackers may have invoked what they believe to be their faith, violence is not Islam; it is a perversion of it.