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The White House on Thursday launched a new initiative aimed at promoting religious tolerance and understanding, an effort to tamp down the possibility of anti-Muslim sentiment after high-profile terrorist attacks staged by Muslims.

"Know your neighbor" is a celebration of "America's tradition of religious pluralism," the Obama administration explained in a statement.

Thursday afternoon, the White House "will bring together leaders from a broad array of religious traditions and civil society," non-government organizations and federal agencies "to celebrate our traditions of religious inclusion, freedom and cooperation among those with different beliefs," the statement read.

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