Correction: Del. Jackson H. Miller (R-Manassas) was sitting in his seat with his head bowed in prayer when the imam was delivering the prayer.
Update: About a dozen delegates, most Republicans, were not in the House chamber at the time of Imam Johari Abdul-Malik’s prayer. They were in their lounge or downstairs, where members had met immediately prior to the opening of session.
In his prayer, Abdul-Malik asked them “to go beyond tolerance to understanding…Where there is fear, let us find faith.” Delegates joined him in saying saying “amen” at the conclusion.
Missing delegates included: Robert B. Bell (R-Charlottesville), Kathy J. Byron (R-Lynchburg), John A. Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax), Riley E. Ingram (R-Hopewell), Jackson H. Miller (R-Manassas), Lacey E. Putney (I-Bedford), James Edmunds (R-Halifax) and John Cox (R-Ashland). Many would not comment about their absence. (More)