destruction of some churches and homes. It is a minority who are perpetuating the divisiveness by persecuting others; the majority of Egyptians are united across religious lines. During the month of Ramadan, Egyptian Christians and Muslims demonstrated together to call for the end of violence and terrorism.
Some churches rang their bells, announcing the sunset fast-breaking time; and some Muslims surrounded some of the churches while Christians were praying inside, to protect the Christians from violence.
We believe it is our duty and sacred obligation to speak out against the persecution of any and all religious groups, here in Connecticut and the United States, and throughout the world and to take whatever affirmative steps we can to prevent such persecution in the future.
We recognize that the political and social situation in Egypt is complex, and there will inevitably be difficulties and
disagreements for the Egyptian people to work out together. Nevertheless, we call on all religious leaders in Egypt and elsewhere to speak out and intervene to end this persecution.