Hindu opens U.S. Senate with prayer

From Gary Randall and the Faith and Freedom Network.

“Last week a Hindu chaplain from Reno, Nevada gave the opening prayer in the U.S. Senate.

Rajan Zed told the Las Vegas Sun that in his prayer he would likely include references to the ancient Hindu scriptures. And he delivered. (See CNN Video).

Thousands of calls, letters and email to the Senate leadership asking them to reconsider were ignored. Protestors were escorted from the chamber as the first Hindu prayer was offered – the first ever at the Senate since it was formed in 1789.

David Barton, the leading Christian historian in America, 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 was completely outside the American paradigm, flying in the face of the American motto, “One nation under God.”

You have to wonder what Harry Reid and the Democratic Senate leadership were thinking. Barton says, given the fact that Hindus represent a very tiny constituency of the American public, you must ask what was the message and why is that message needed?

He said, “This is not a religion that has produced great things in the world. You look at India, you look at Nepal – there’s persecution going on in both of these countries that is gendered by the religious belief that is present there, and Hindu dominates in both of those countries.”

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

I find it interesting that under our First Amendment Zed enjoys freedom in this country that Christians do not enjoy in his home country. Why does Harry Reid and the Senate leadership find it necessary to offer a prayer to the myriad gods of Hinduism, when the God of the Bible has blessed America in such generous ways?

Prayer to the God of the Bible began on June 28, 1787 when the Constitutional Convention was at a standstill. Eighty-one-year-old Benjamin Franklin stood and said,

“I’ve lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs
I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot
fall to the ground without His notice, is it probably that an empire can rise
without His aid? We’ve been assured in the sacred writings that unless the Lord
build the house, they labor in vain who build it. I firmly believe this, and I
also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political
building no better than the builders of Babel.”

No one can legitimately challenge the fact that the God America refers to in the pledge, our national motto and other places is the monotheistic God of the Jewish and Christian faith, yet the present leadership in our legislature once again is attempting to lead us away from this God and His principles that have provided blessing and prosperity for this country.

God help us.”


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