The first official event's last formal speaker essentially summed up the many perspectives and faiths of the speakers before her with one sentence:
"We need to be a strong example of equality, justice and the rule of law."
Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America, concluded her remarks at the Democratic National Convention's interfaith gathering on an optimistic note, saying she believes America can be a beacon for the rest of the world, but it must be conscious of the innocent and the planet in doing so.
After a turbulent gathering -- which began with the disruption by, and eviction of, three anti-abortion protesters, and continued with fiery denouncements from the stage of both abortion and the death penalty -- Mattson's reserved style provided a stark contrast. (MORE)