Outgoing ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson and Munib A. Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, sent an Aug. 19 letter to President Barack Obama, expressing concern about troubles in Egypt and urging him to define a clear line of U.S. policy toward the Mideast region in light of Islamic extremism. "We hear from fellow Christian leaders and our Muslim friends that churches and mosques are being used as political tools," they wrote. "Peace-seeking Egyptians, whether Coptic or Muslim, are committed to the well-being of all their neighbors and to the promotion of democracy and a vibrant civil society." They urged Obama to encourage all groups to work on reconciliation, with provisions for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
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