The film has fueled mob violence that led to the deaths of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya and claimed the lives of at least six protesters in Tunisia, Sudan, Egypt and Lebanon.
The administration has stressed that the government had nothing to do with the production of the amateur video, even while condemning the violence it has sparked.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the film “disgusting and reprehensible” and said the administration rejects “its content and message,” in remarks Thursday.
“America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation, and as you know, we are home to people of all religions, many of whom came to this country seeking the right to exercise their own religion, including of course, millions of Muslims, and we have the greatest respect for people of faith,” she added.
But Clinton added that there was “no justification, none at all, for espondign to this video with violence.”