Before the Huntington Beach City Council meets every other week, someone walks up to the podium to lead a prayer after the flag salute.
Prayers in public meetings often end with a phrase like "in Jesus' name," which reflects the country's dominant faith.
But on the day following the announcement of the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, a woman in a long, flowing, sky-blue dress and a blue scarf covering her hair walked to the podium. With her head down, she led the prayer.
Maria Khani, a representative of the Islamic faith on the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council, didn't lead the prayer on that Monday evening as a result of the news about the killing of an extremist who used her faith to commit terrorist acts that changed the world almost 10 years ago.
In fact, it wasn't Khani's first time leading the prayer at the council meeting.