Muslim Brotherhood Refuses to Condemn Attack on US Embasssy

By Patrick Burke | September 12, 2012 | 1:38 PM EDT

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood “supreme guide” Mohammed Badie speaks to reporters in this file photo. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

( - The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) in Egypt denounced the anti-Islam movie that reportedly served as a catalyst for the Islamist storming of the U.S. Embassy in Egypt and the murder of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya.

Secretary General of the Muslim Brotherhood Mahmud Hussein on Wednesday called for protests to be held on Friday throughout Egypt against the movie.

He stopped short of condemning the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

The protests staged by radical Islamists in Egypt and Libya were reportedly sparked by an anti-Islam movie that depicts the prophet Muhammad in a disparaging way. The film was made by Israeli-American filmmaker Sam Bacile.

Bacile made the film entitled, “Innocence of Muslims” during the summer of 2011, and its trailer was posted on YouTube in July of this year. It was later dubbed into Egyptian Arabic.

In response, the Muslim Brotherhood calls, “for peaceful protests on Friday outside all the main mosques in all of Egypt’s provinces to denounce offences to religion and to the Prophet,” said Hussein.

The official statement from the FJP on Tuesday also makes no mention of either the attacks on the US Embassy in Cairo or the Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

“The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) expresses strong condemnation of the film produced and promoted by US Coptic Christian individuals, which deals serious insults to the Prophet Mohammed,” according to the official statement.

“The party considers the film a racist crime and a failed attempt to provoke sectarian strife between the two elements of the nation: Muslims and Christians,” the FJP said.

“The FJP affirms that both elements of the Egyptian people – Christians and Muslims – have been and will always be united in the face of such despicable attempts that seek to foment conflict in this homeland, and to throw it in a deep abyss, a never-ending spiral of violence.”

On Tuesday, radical Islamists stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, tore down the American flag, and replaced with a black flag that reads, “There is no god but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger.”

In the Libyan city of Benghazi, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens along with three other personnel were killed during an attack on the U.S. Consulate.