More than 30 religious leaders from a variety of faiths have formed a group to oppose a casino at Suffolk Downs in East Boston.

The group, called the Friends of East Boston, is made up of clergy, business people, and members of non-profit groups who have been meeting quietly over the summer to discuss strategies for defeating the proposed casino at the horse racing track that straddles the Boston-Revere line.

The clergy are promising to pray, preach, and canvass to defeat the project that goes before East Boston voters on Nov. 5.

The Rev. Thomas Domurat, pastor of Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, tells The Boston Globe a casino will bring increased gambling addiction, personal bankruptcies, and traffic on neighboring streets.

[Associated Press]