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School board member who criticized Muslims goes to mosque

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 27, 2016 4:35 AM
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(Undated) -- A midstate politician who apologized for criticizing a church that posted a message wishing Muslims a "blessed Ramadan" has attended a worship service and dined at a Harrisburg mosque.

School board member Matthew Jansen has told members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at the Hadee Mosque that his remarks earlier were part of a "knee-jerk reaction."

Jansen is a member of Spring Grove Area School District, based in York County.

After listening to a service Friday and taking part in the meal served after sunset during Ramadan, the GOP convention delegate and supporter of Donald Trump called the experience "informative and enlightening" and said members were "an integral part of society."

Member Akram Khalid said he was happy Jansen came, adding that he wasn't upset about the earlier remarks.

He said the problem is "education."

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