Sens. Roy Blunt (R., Mo.), Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.), and Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) wrote a letter on Wednesday to the State Department concerning recent attacks on Egypt’s Christian minority.
The letter urges the United States to do more to convince Egypt’s government to take steps to protect Coptic Christian churches, communities, and individuals.
The senators write:
Egypt’s Christian minority and their ability to worship are in danger. The situation warrants a clear U.S. response. We are especially troubled by reports that Egyptian authorities have failed to respond to attacks on Christians and churches, or hold perpetrators accountable," wrote the senators. "It is our view that Egypt is part of a broader trend: religious freedoms throughout the Middle East and South Central Asia, particularly for Christians, are under assault. The U.S. must respond to this challenge and continue to be a forceful defender of religious freedom throughout the world. We recognize this is not an easy task. We offer our support and stand prepared to work with you as you find ways to use U.S. influence to stop sectarian violence and end the persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt.