Imad Enchassi crossed the cold Oklahoma state Capitol parking lot Friday morning nearly in tears.

Enchassi, a senior imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, along with more than 150 Oklahoma Muslims, were gathering to meet with lawmakers, discuss issues surrounding their Islamic faith and to pray inside the cavernous rotunda beneath the Capitol dome.

What stopped Enchassi, 50, and made him fight back tears was the sight of about 50 members of the Interfaith Alliance — Christians, Jews and Buddhists — standing in solidarity to welcome them inside.

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