Religious leaders representing a mosaic of faiths gathered on Thursday at a news conference to urge the U.S. Republican and Democratic parties to add into their party platforms a rejection of anti-Muslim bigotry.

During the conference, hosted by the Islamic Society of North America at the National Press Club in Washington, leaders said a formal letter was sent to both parties asking them to stand against all discrimination and anti-Muslim bigotry by adding "explicit" language to their platforms in the upcoming nominating conventions.

The initiative is part of Shoulder-to-Shoulder, an interfaith coalition of more than 32 faith groups that speaks out against hate.

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