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U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) stood with Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders in Richmond Friday to emphasize the importance of religious freedom in the wake of comments against and attacks on Muslims in the United States.

In front of a monument commemorating the religious freedom statute that Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1786, Warner warned that "some would say those freedoms are under attack today."

While he did not point to any specific examples, Warner said that "we want to stand up and reaffirm the principles that make America unique."


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