WASHINGTON (RNS) — Since 9/11, only seven imams have given the opening prayer in the House of Representatives.

Abdullah Antepli, from Duke University in North Carolina, has the unusual honor of having done it twice.

At the invitation of his congressman, Rep. David Price, D-N.C., the imam took the podium on Wednesday (Oct. 4) and delivered a plea for celebrating differences.

“As the Creator of all, you made us different,” said Antepli, whose prayer opened the day’s proceedings. “Enable us to understand, appreciate and celebrate our differences.”

Antepli has carried that message to 74 countries around the world and it is one he

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