The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also lauded Khan’s appointment as “historic.”

“We thank Speaker Rendon for this historic appointment and for demonstrating your dedication to an inclusive California for all,” Basim Elkarra, executive director of CAIR-Sacramento Valley, said in a statement last week. “Thousands of Californians have benefitted from Imam Yasir Khan’s chaplaincy and social service efforts over the years, and to see him at the Capitol will inspire so many.”

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