Historic first Hindu Prayer in Senate

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    Can you guess what happens?

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    Only seems appropriate given all the monkey business in the chambers.
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    Any idea who the 3 people were that interrupted?
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    pretty disgusting display by people who have not a clue what this country is about


    btw, this happened seven years ago.
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    True, this country was founded on Hindu principles.
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    Idiots. Far right intolerant loonies!
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    Seven years? What is the point now?
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    They were in the visitor's gallery.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/19729245/ns/politics/t/hindu-prayer-senate-disrupted/#.U2rl-VeL7cg

    WASHINGTON — A Hindu clergyman made history Thursday by offering the Senate's morning prayer, but only after police officers removed three shouting protesters from the visitors' gallery.

    Rajan Zed, director of interfaith relations at a Hindu temple in Reno, Nev., gave the brief prayer that opens each day's Senate session. As he stood at the chamber's podium in a bright orange and burgundy robe, two women and a man began shouting "this is an abomination" and other complaints from the gallery.

    Police officers quickly arrested them and charged them disrupting Congress, a misdemeanor. The male protester told an AP reporter, "we are Christians and patriots" before police handcuffed them and led them away.

    For several days, the Mississippi-based American Family Association has urged its members to object to the prayer because Zed would be "seeking the invocation of a non-monotheistic god."

    Zed, the first Hindu to offer the Senate prayer, began: "We meditate on the transcendental glory of the Deity Supreme, who is inside the heart of the Earth, inside the life of the sky and inside the soul of the heaven. May He stimulate and illuminate our minds."

    Zed, who was born in India, was invited by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Speaking in the chamber shortly after the prayer, Reid defended the choice and linked it to the war debate.

    "If people have any misunderstanding about Indians and Hindus," Reid said, "all they have to do is think of Gandhi," a man "who gave his life for peace."

    "I think it speaks well of our country that someone representing the faith of about a billion people comes here and can speak in communication with our heavenly Father regarding peace," said Reid, a Mormon and sharp critic of President Bush's Iraq policies.

    Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said the protest "shows the intolerance of many religious right activists. They say they want more religion in the public square, but it's clear they mean only their religion."

    Capitol police identified the protesters as Ante Nedlko Pavkovic, Katherine Lynn Pavkovic and Christan Renee Sugar. Their ages and hometowns were not available.
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    Are these guys just thoroughly creepy and disgusting on every front? Any redeeming values whatsoever?

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    Good catch, river. I hadn't noticed the date when I posted the bit from NBC a little earlier.
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    Cmon man....That was 7 years ago. What does it have to do with anything?

    Much more recently though a Muslim interrupted an Easter service and an atheist group interrupted prayer at the supreme court. Maybe I should start a thread about those. They at least happened recently.

    I mean I dont get the point here.
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    I think seven years is a bit old.
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