During this time of international chaos, it's important to maintain rationality in the face of irrational actions. Yes, the actions committed by terrorists in Libya were atrocious. However, their actions don't represent Islam as a whole. Followers of Islam shouldn't have to defend themselves or prove that their faith isn't violent.
There's no excusing violence aimed at innocents, but it must be understood that not all Muslims should be held responsible for the violent acts that were committed in Libya and the continuing violence and protests being held at other U.S. embassies throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The terrorists who commit those acts shouldn't be considered as Muslims. Americans don't condone extremist violence when it's acted out in the name of Christianity.
It's of the utmost importance, especially during these precarious times, to understand the links between Christianity and Islam and understand that the two religions aren't all that different. Yet both religions have extremist sects that will twist the religion in ways to justify their actions. These extremists will never be representative of the whole.
Bert Holcombe, Oklahoma City