Person Who Issued Apology at State Department Should Resign, says Christian Leader
Contact: Anthony Horvath, Athanatos Christian Ministries, 202-697-4623
LA CROSSE, Wis., Sept 12, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- The director of a Christian ministry dedicated to the defense of the Christian faith called for the resignation of the person who issued the 'apology' in response to attacks on the embassy in Egypt and suggests that this may have emboldened the attackers in Libya, with tragic consequences.
Anthony Horvath is the Executive Director of Athanatos Christian Ministries, a Christian 'apologetics' ministry. 'Christian apologetics' refers to the defense of the Christian faith.
In the statement, Horvath said: "While some people are rightly denouncing the state department's knee-jerk apologizing for 'misguided individuals' who 'hurt the religious feelings of Muslims,' I noted with particular interest the skewed notion of 'respect for religious beliefs' that their press release says is 'a cornerstone of American democracy.' No doubt, such respect really is a cornerstone of our democracy, but the idea that respect means remaining silent or that resorting to violence in response to an 'abuse [of] the universal right of free speech' is appropriate, is not only absurd, but is clearly out of touch with what respect for different beliefs has meant in America."
Horvath says that whoever wrote the release should "resign immediately, or, barring that, be fired."
Horvath is especially concerned about how Christians were singled out for blame but Muslims were given 'a pass.' He says that people are always complaining about how violent religion is and then they turn around to give examples from Islam to discredit Christianity.
Horvath continues: "The whole attitude exhibits a profound lack of a sound sense of proportion. The press release by the embassy in Cairo exhibited the same distorted sense of proportion: the speech of some American Christians is 'bad' but the violence of the Muslims was understandable and forgivable. But as they say, 'It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt.' It is reasonable to suspect that the latest 'stop' on the apology tour emboldened the assailants in Libya."
Horvath urges the US Government to exhibit more common sense: "But I don't expect this to happen. After all, what am I going to do? I'm a Christian; the worst I'm doing is calling for someone's resignation. The other folks may very well cut off their heads."
Anthony Horvath is a Christian apologist, an author, a prolific blogger, and a pro-life speaker. He is available for interviews at email@example.com or 202-697-4623.