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No apology planned over Muslim prayer, says ND House leader Al Carlson
by Mike Nowatzki
North Dakota's House majority leader said Monday no apology is planned for the decision to stop a Muslim from delivering the chamber's opening prayer on Ash Wednesday because some members wanted a Christian pastor to give the invocation.
The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement Friday calling on North Dakota Republican Party leaders to apologize to Dr. Nadim Koleilat, who ended up delivering the Senate prayer that day.
House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, stood behind the decision to have Pastor Rich Wyatt of Living Hope Church of the Nazarene in Bismarck switch with Koleilat and deliver the House prayer on the first day of the Lenten season.
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