Hindu prayer in US Senate draws protesters

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For some reason this didn’t surprise me. Some Christians talk a good game about religious tolerance until they are asked to do it for other beliefs:

Hindu prayer in the Senate draws protesters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Three protesters disrupted a prayer by a Hindu chaplain Thursday at the opening of a Senate hearing, calling it an abomination and shouting slogans about Jesus Christ.

It was the first time the daily prayer that opens Senate proceedings was said by a Hindu chaplain.

Capitol police said two women and one man were arrested and charged with causing a disruption in the public gallery of the Senate. The three started shouting when guest Chaplain Rajan Zed, a Hindu from Nevada, began his prayer.

They shouted “No Lord but Jesus Christ” and “There’s only one true God,” and used the term “abomination.”

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/07/12/prayer.protest.reut/index.html

That’s why religious and government entanglement is a bad road to go down. Religion is divisive.


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  • http://atheistrevolution.blogspot.com/ vjack

    I can’t help thinking that the real abomination is that any sort of prayer would take place in the Senate.

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  • http://www.secularleft.us/ Doug Berger

    I agree that the fact the Senate is opening with a prayer is just plain stupid. It makes me wonder how competent the Senators are that they need guidance from an invisible deity to do their jobs.