Update: Lawmakers Walk Out of Muslim Prayer in Washington State House

March 7, 2003

Source: The Associated Press


On March 7, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "a Muslim leader returned to the state House on Friday to deliver the opening prayer, and this time everyone listened... Reps. Lois McMahan and Cary Condotta drew criticism Monday when they deliberately stayed off the House floor during Imam Mohamad Joban's prayer. The Republicans apologized to him and shook his hand on his return visit... Joban said he accepted McMahan and Condotta's apologies and invited them to visit him at the Islamic Center of Olympia."