What Talking Points?
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery By Denis McDonough
Deputy National Security Advisor
International Religious Freedom Conference United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Catholic University of America Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Good evening. Your Eminence, Cardinal McCarrick, thank you for your very
kind introduction. Even more, thank you for your leadership as one of our
nation’s most eloquent voices for religious freedom and tolerance—here at
home and around the world. As the tragic events of the past 24 hours remind
us, we need such voices now more than ever.
Indeed, before I begin I want to reiterate what President Obama and
Secretary Clinton said earlier today. The attack on our consulate in Libya—
and the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans—was an
outrage; an act of senseless violence without any justification. Our
thoughts and prayers are with the families of the Americans we lost, with
our diplomats and development experts who represent our nation every day,
and we reaffirm our determination to carry on their work.
That includes building a world that is safer, more secure and the work that
brings us together here: a world where the dignity of all people—and all
faiths—is respected. This work takes on added urgency given the truly
abhorrent video that has offended so many people–Muslims,
and non-Muslims alike—in our country and around the world.
So I want to commend Cardinal Dolan and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for your powerful
statement today that “we need to be respectful of other religious traditions
at the same time that we unequivocally proclaim that violence in the name of
religion is wrong,”
WH Chief of Staff and former Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough