EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Interfaith Clergy Council strongly condemns the bias incident that took place in the High School. We are appalled by this act of hate against a fellow student and East Brunswick resident. Islamophobia cannot be tolerated in our schools or in our town in any form.

An attack on any person for religious reasons is an act against all religions. As the Clergy Council we work together to promote understanding and harmony in our community. This act defies everything that we stand for. We hope and pray that this is not the type of community we live in. It is certainly not the type of community we lead. We are a community that can be an example of how people of many faiths live together. Lets us work to live up to that goal.

We urge all religious and civic leaders to work together and to speak out against hatred and bigotry in any form. We urge everyone to be tolerant of others. Only by remaining united can we achieve the goal of a more kind, just and peaceful world.

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The Reverend Jill Ellen Collict         Pastor, Nativity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer                    Temple B’nai Shalom

Father Mark Hanna                          Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church

Muhammad Hashmi                         Islamic Center of East Brunswick

Reverend Karen G. Johnston          Settled Minister, The Unitarian Society

Rabbi Shlomo Landau                     Torah Links of Middlesex County

Reverend Erica Munoz                    Senior Pastor, Aldersgate United Methodist Church

Reverend Kathryn R. Mustaro        Interim Head of Staff, Trinity Presbyterian Church

Rabbi Jeff Pivo                                 East Brunswick Jewish Center

Rabbi Efrayim Unterman                 Young Israel of East Brunswick

 Reverend Thomas Walsh               Pastor of Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church

Pastor Thomas Wong                      Point Community Church of East Brunswick