Christian fanatics disrupted first Hindu prayer in US Senate

via Media Inputs published on July 12, 2007


Washington: Christian fanatics who tried to disrupt the opening prayer as per Hinduism by Rajan Zed in US Senate’s opening session, were arrested here.


For the first time in History of US senate , Hindu prayers are recited on Thursday. Zed, who was born in India, was invited by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.


First he sprinkled some Ganga jal on the podium before the prayer which echoed the US Senate


“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.”


Lead us from the unreal to real, from darkness to light, and from death to immortality. May we be protected together. May we be nourished together. May we work together with great vigor. May our study be enlightening. May no obstacle arise between us.”


Seeking the blessings of god on behalf of and for the Senators, Zed declared, “May the Senators strive constantly to serve the welfare of the world, performing their duties with the welfare of others always in mind. Because by devotion to selfless work one attains the supreme goal of life. May they work carefully and wisely, guided by compassion, and without though for themselves.”


“United your resolve, united your hearts, may your spirits be at one, that you may long dwell in unity and concord!” he added, and ended with, “Peace, peace, peace be unto all.”


As Zed began his prayer, three protestors interrupted the proceedings, asking for forgiveness from Jesus Christ for the “abomination” of failing to pray to the “one true God.”


Christian fanatics have been agitating against the Hindu prayer since it was announced. The Rev. Donald Wildmon’s American Family Association has asked his members to complain to their senators about the invitation. The group’s news service reported that “Christian nation” activist David Barton said that Hinduism has few followers in the United States and that prayer to a “non-monotheistic god” is “outside the American paradigm.”


Capitol police identified the protesters as Ante Nedlko Pavkovic, Katherine Lynn Pavkovic and Christan Renee Sugar.


 

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