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Minnesota Muslim group: North Dakota GOP should apologize

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota Muslim group is calling on North Dakota Republican leaders to apologize for un-inviting a Muslim leader from offering an invocation before the state House.

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota Muslim group is calling on North Dakota Republican leaders to apologize for un-inviting a Muslim leader from offering an invocation before the state House.

"Lawmakers of any political persuasion should reject religious bigotry and exclusion," Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Minnesota chapter, said Friday in a statement.

House Republican leaders said earlier they asked Nadim Koleilat not to participate on Ash Wednesday after some in Republican House members complained it was inappropriate.

Koleilat, who leads the Bismarck Muslim Community Center, was asked by the state Senate to offer an invocation the same day.

CAIR, based in Washington, D.C., describes itself as an American Muslim civil liberties organization.

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