Muslim Cleric Opens Congress with Prayer

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A Muslim cleric delivered the opening prayer at the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Imam Abdullah Antepli is the Muslim chaplain at Duke University in North Carolina and served as guest chaplain in the House at the request of Rep. David Price, D-N.C.

He prayed that members of Congress would be wise peacemakers who glorify God's, "holy and beautiful names."

"Be the source of strength and comfort," Antepli prayed. "Enable them to serve you and glorify your names by serving the citizens of this great nation and to the entire humanity regardless of their gender, ethnicity or religion."

According to Duke University, the Turkish-born cleric is one of only a few Muslim chaplains at American colleges and universities.

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