At a rally following the worship service, the national lawmakers joined state representatives to slam anti-Muslim rhetoric and pledge their support for those at the mosque.
“We can come today to say that we stand in total solidarity with you, and we represent millions more,” Holmes Norton said at the rally.
“Religious freedom and anti-discrimination are paramount importance to me and to most, almost all, of our colleagues,” Beyer said.
The mosque of choice for the elected officials, as reported by the Washington Times, is the same mosque that Anwar al-Awlaki, an accused al Qaeda recruiter, served as an imam at the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Washington Examiner reported that some of the hijackers worshipped at the mosque as well as the Fort Hood shooter.
WUSA reported that only Democrats attended the service in Virginia.
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