A Muslim cleric scheduled to deliver a prayer before the North Dakota House of Representatives had his invitation rescinded after some lawmakers expressed objections to a non-Christian giving a prayer on Ash Wednesday.
The invocation was to be given Feb. 18 by Dr. Nadim Koleilat, a urology transplant surgeon and president of the Bismarck Muslim Community Center. He was allowed to address the North Dakota Senate that day instead.
The Grand Forks Herald reported that Koleilat’s message to the Senate was broadly non-sectarian and did not employ terms specific to Islam. Read more