God Help Us: Heckling the Hindu

The NRO’s “The Corner” reports:

Let Us Pray [Kathryn Jean Lopez]

Harry Reid had a Hindu chaplain say the opening prayer in the Senate this morning, a first — it didn’t go over well with some monotheism fans. What ensued this morning was very unfortunate — he got heckled from the balcony.

Not the Senate’s best moment. Hope it’s not indicative of the day.

The chaplain had to suspend several times while protesters shouted Bible verses from the gallery.

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(I recorded the sound-bite: .mp3 24k 1.1 MB. There’s not actually anything to SEE on the video.)

The”Heckling for Jesus” crowd had been up in arms (thanks to Bill Eagle, who forwards these sorts of things on to me) and issued this “ACTION ALERT” two days ago:

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Hindu to open Senate with prayer

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On Thursday, a Hindu chaplain from Reno, Nevada, by the name of Rajan Zed is scheduled to deliver the opening prayer in the U.S. Senate. Zed tells the Las Vegas Sun that in his prayer he will likely include references to ancient Hindu scriptures, including Rig Veda, Upanishards, and Bhagavard-Gita. Historians believe it will be the first Hindu prayer ever read at the Senate since it was formed in 1789.

WallBuilders president David Barton is questioning why the U.S. government is seeking the invocation of a non-monotheistic god. Barton points out that since Hindus worship multiple gods, the prayer will be completely outside the American paradigm, flying in the face of the American motto “One Nation Under God.”

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“In Hindu, you have not one God, but many, many, many, many, many gods,” the Christian historian explains. “And certainly that was never in the minds of those who did the Constitution, did the Declaration [of Independence] when they talked about Creator — that’s not one that fits here because we don’t know which creator we’re talking about within the Hindu religion.”

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Barton says given the fact that Hindus are a tiny constituency of the American public, he questions the motivation of Senate leaders. “This is not a religion that has produced great things in the world,” he observes. “You look at India, you look at Nepal — there’s persecution going in both of those countries that is gendered by the religious belief that is present there, and Hindu dominates in both of those countries.”

And while Barton acknowledges there is not constitutional problem with a Hindu prayer in the Senate, he wonders about the political side of it. “One definitely wonders about the pragmatic side of it,” he says. “What is the message, and why is the message needed? And will it actually communicate anything other than engender with folks like me a lot of questions?”

Barton says he knows of at least seven cases where Christians have lost their bid to express their own faith in a public prayer.

Zed is reportedly the first Hindu to deliver opening prayers in an American state legislature, having done so in both the Nevada State Assembly and Nevada State Senate earlier this year. He has stated that Thursday’s prayer will be “universal in approach,” despite being drawn from Hindu religious texts.

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I’m not going to say much, here. It rather speaks for itself. But I’m sure glad those ‘leftie’ folks who were worried about a “theocracy” turned out to be so wrong. In the interests of not antagonizing Sean Hannity, Ted Nugent, or Joseph Farah and his Kreepy Khristian Kommunications empire, I won’t advocate shooting Jesus.

Praise Ganesh!

Courage.

UPDATE: Here’s a clip from TMP Video (h/t Think Progress):

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5 Responses to God Help Us: Heckling the Hindu

  1. Praise Ganesh indeed. What a bunch of losers.

  2. John says:

    This is bigotry at its best. You don’t know a thing about India. President of India is a Muslim. Prime Minister is a Sikh and Leader of the opposition party is an Italian Christian. When was the last time you had a non-Christian President?

  3. Here’s an idea, stop the prayers in the senate. PERIOD! What with the separation and all. Let ’em pray on their own time, or to them selves.

  4. Ginny Cotts says:

    John,

    I think you are misunderstanding this. Hart included the email he had been forwarded as an example of how ignorant the hecklers and their coordinators are.

    I can’t decide if Donnie might be on to something. I had been in Reid’s mindset. Have a variety of religious leaders give the opening prayer. I can accept that the representation might somewhat mimic the percentage of Americans who are followers. However it is an absolute that we are a republic and therefore make every effort to maintain the rights of minorities. To my mind, this is one way of reminding the Senators that they represent ALL of their constituents, not just the ones that voted for them and not just the ones who are of the same faith.

  5. Darrell Prows says:

    Did Hart just advocate shooting Jesus? I would report this but I don’t know which jurisdiction it falls under.

    Are the folks that are graceless enough to interrupt a moment like that the same ones who appear here peridoically as Trolls?

    I’m hoping we can get some mention of The Great Spirit in our next Constitution, even if it is only on the list of the entities that we must keep our government seperate from.