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Washington, D.C. - On September 25th there will be a national prayer gathering of Muslims on the west front of the U.S. Capitol Building. They are expecting at least 50,000 to attend from mosques all across America. They will gather to pray from 4:00 AM until 7:00 PM. The gathering will take place by the site where U.S. Presidents have been inaugurated since 1981. The organizers say that it was Obama's inauguration speech in January and his speech broadcast from Egypt in June that gave them the idea for this prayer gathering on Capitol Hill.
One of the largest Hispanic Evangelical networks in the United States is gathering hundreds of Hispanic spiritual and community leaders from across the country for its 8th annual conference this week in the nation’s capital.
In addition to discussing important issues confronted by the Hispanic community, participants of this year’s National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast and Conference will be meeting with U.S. officials and policymakers on Capitol Hill to address the diverse needs of the Hispanic community.
"I'm pleased we are reintroducing the Capitol Hill visits to the Conference this year,” commented the Rev. Luis Cortes, Jr., president of Esperanza, a national network of 12,000 faith and community-based agencies.
“It is the founding principle upon which the event was built, and is meant to empower leaders to reach out to government and politicians to express the needs of our communities," he added. "We have come together in a special way to pray, celebrate, and advocate for Hispanics everywhere."
So much for separation of Church and State.