Three Idaho Lawmakers Refuse to Attend First Hindu Invocation at State Capitol

Idaho CapitolBOISE, Idaho — Three lawmakers in Idaho chose to sit out a Hindu prayer at the state capitol on Tuesday, and one is being called upon to apologize for calling Hinduism a “false religion” to the media.

Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, presented the prayer this week at the Idaho State House—the first invocation by a Hindu since the state’s inception. He spoke in both English and Sanskrit, calling for peace in the world and selflessness among humanity.

“Fulfill all your duties, action is better than inaction,” Zed told those gathered. “Even to maintain your body, you are obligated to act. Selfish action imprisons the world. Act selflessly, without any throughout of personal profit.”

But three Senators decided not to be a part of the invocation as they are Christians and do not wish to see the state of Idaho endorsing Hinduism instead of Christianity.

“I chose to do a more vocal form of protest because I don’t want to be seen as Idaho endorsing that,” Sen. Steve Vick told reporters. “I don’t want to be seen as our country moving away from our Judeo-Christian traditions toward Hindu traditions by elevating him and this religion in that way.”

Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll said that Hinduism is not representative of the people of Idaho, and denounced it as a false religion.

“Hindu is a false faith with false gods,” she told IBN Live. “I think it’s great that Hindu people can practice their religion, but since we’re the Senate, we’re setting an example of what we, Idaho, believe.”

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Sen. Lori Den Hartog stated that as a Christian, she didn’t feel right about about being present during the invocation.

“It was a personal decision,” she said. “I didn’t want to announce it prior to the event.”

But now, a number of religious leaders are calling for an apology, especially from Nuxoll as she had stated that Hinduism is a false religion.

“It was therefore disappointing to me that certain senators protested his prayer and spoke disparagingly of his faith,” Nevada Episcopal Bishop Dan Edwards wrote in a letter to the Idaho Legislative Services office. “An apology certainly seems to be in order. … We believe that truth is best discovered where all viewpoints can be expressed.”

ElizaBeth Beyer, a rabbi who serves in both Nevada and California, specifically called out Nuxull, opining that she “should be called upon to offer a public apology and perhaps even be sanctioned by the Senate for her inappropriate, insensitive and insulting remarks.”

“I find it sad that some legislators in Idaho could not respect the importance of religious diversity by their presence at a brief prayer,” added Charles T. Durante, vicar general of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Reno.

Others calling for an apology include Stephen Child of the American Clergy Leadership Conference; Andy Hill, Director of For Goodness Sake Spirituality Center in California; Church of Inner Light Founder Laura Peppard and Brian Melendez, an American Indian spiritualist.

There is no word yet from Nuxull in response to the religious leaders’ comments. Prayers at the Idaho State House are reportedly largely Christian—although from a variety of denominations, and Jewish prayers have been offered on at least one occasion.


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  • TheBBP

    If you are Atheist, Hindu, Muslim… And you choose not to show up to another religion’s preceedings, you are merely expressing your freedom.

    If you are Christian and you choose not to show up, you are bad and should apologize if you publicly declare that your faith is the only one that you believe in.

    She should not apologize for anything.

    • TheSootyOne

      Yet if I were to excuse myself at a Christian prayer I’d be accused of attacking Christianity. It’s nice to see that these politicians are so insecure in their faith that they can’t even express the simplest courtesy to others of different faith and remain silent for a couple minutes.

      The apology was not about the declaration of their faith either, it was for calling Hinduism a fake faith, which is tantamount to the kettle calling the pot black.

      I’d like to point out as well that these politicians are elected to represent all peoples of all faiths, just not their personal favourites but I digress. I love these stories as they bring to light the absolute BS that is all religion.

      • Yvonne Celeste Lee

        They are elected to represent the people who put them in office. I guarantee you their being in office is not because of a landslide vote from Hindus. And it definitely is not about being insecure in one´s faith, but about being true to the living God who said we should not have other gods before him, worship them, nor bow down to them. In short, you have no idea what you are talking about. Hats off to these three faithful senators who value God’s opinion more than man’s.

        • TheSootyOne

          So, ‘no other gods’ tells me that there are other gods. Are you sure you picked the right one, or just fell for the one with the glossiest brochure?

          • Yvonne Celeste Lee

            Yup. Lots of other gods. At least one other religion, common in India, there are literally thousands. I believe in the only one that lived a perfect life, died a terrible death to pay for my (and your) sins, and rose from the dead, into heaven, where he sits at the right hand of the Father, praying for me. Why choose to worship a dead god, or one who never claimed to be god in the first place?

          • TheSootyOne

            So, he, who is also god, sits besides himself, praying to himself on behalf of you? You make perfect sense to me now.

          • Yvonne Celeste Lee

            Yup, three in one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Kinda like water: water, ice, steam…same substance, different evidences. Not hard to believe when you have faith. When you don’t, perfect nonsense, I know. Kinda like I look at evolution: impossible for me to believe the world formed itself from nothing. Much easier to believe what God said: He created it by the power of his Word. But don’t worry, be happy. If you can. SInce it is the Holy Spirit who gives joy, peace, love, goodness, and all the other gifts. 🙂

          • akosipatriot

            By that questions, you seem not knowledgeable of what religion is all about and how Christianity differs from the rest of the gods of the world’s false religions. There are people who invested time to devout themselves to apologetics by using applicable science to defend the Christian faith, ask them if you are not lazy, study their arguments and compare that to any religious dogmas and even to atheists’ philosophy. Asking lay man Christians hard questions is like asking a illiterate person on how to get to the moon.

            This is the problem I encountered mostly with atheists, claiming superiority in knowledge, yet lazy enough to undergo the required homework, citing they do not need to prove anything else by default. If you seek knowledge, it is worthy even if you do not believe in it.

          • Paul Hiett

            Ah yes…an argument I’ve never heard from anyone before. “My religion is right and all others wrong because…”

            That one is as tired and worn out as my running shoes.

            Yeah, every follower of every religion always believes that their religion is different; their religion is the real one and all of the other ones are just fake.

            Do you really think you’re that unique?

          • http://beorh.wordpress.com/ Scáth Beorh

            How could Satan make sense of anything anyway, o sooty one?

      • Nolib Tards

        You should know all about BS…being that you are full of it.

      • lynn

        But whether you admit it or not, you are religious.

      • davidnrobyn

        Give us all a break, would you? Stuff like that happens all the time. You can’t be seriously saying that Christians are never insulted in our culture, can you?

    • Paul Hiett

      I wonder if you’d feel the same had a Senator called Christianity a “false religion with false gods.”

      Hmmm?

      • TheBBP

        There are openly Atheist lawmakers in this country. Do I really need for them to say that he believes my faith is of something that he does not believe is real?

        • Yvonne Celeste Lee

          If there is an atheist Bible whose commandments they are following and whose God saved them, then they should have the ability to say so, yes.

      • mmog1010

        Probably not ! But the reason is sound. It is false. There is one true God and His name is JESUS CHRIST ! AMEN.

        • soaps

          I don’t have to assure you that you’re right because you already know, but you can be even more assured of this because I was a New Ager for 15 years and rescued out of it by Jesus himself. I can attest that all of these mystic false paths are dangerous no matter how benign they seem. Thank God I was saved.

      • soaps

        But no one could truthfully say that about Christianity, because it actually is the one true way and life. You don’t have to agree or believe for that to be true. If you asked God to show you the truth, He would, and you would find this out because the Holy Spirit would give you all the evidence you need.

        • grassfireu

          The one true way and life …. exactly. Attention, world: the gods of all other religions are the fallen angels. It is that simple.
          The next time you encounter a demonic force, try to stop it by invoking the name Vishnu or the like …. when that fails, remember the name Jesus Christ.

          • Logic&Emotion

            Christ is the way the truth and the life. One of the greatest things ever given to us was this:

            22But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
            24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

            I share this everywhere I go, because when we contemplate other’s lives, I want them to experience those fruits. Sometimes people get lost in the Maze, but they are human beings and we as people who follow Christ are of the spirit. Thanks for your comment.

      • lynn

        I would. Every in this country so far has the right to believe anything they choose to believe. If you were my senator and choose not to attend a heterosexual wedding because you only believe in ss marriage, I would just not vote for you in the next election. Same is true with a person that denied the Christian faith. No opology needed.

      • GustAdlph

        If the Hindu leader had called Christianity a false religion with false gods, that is his right.

      • davidnrobyn

        Hey, we hear that every day. Check out the real world next time you get a chance.

    • Kelton Jetersen

      Uhhm, no. Mostly because if a Hindu, Muslim or Atheist stepped out, they wouldn’t go on to insult the religion they were abstaining from. Also, Muslims, Atheists and Hindu’s are regularly forced into Christian “traditions” and prayer all too often.

      • TheBBP

        LOL no. Nobody is forced into anything. Hence the option to walk out.

      • WALLSTSEVEN

        Really, sorry pal while we are forced to change and invite these other religions into our mainstream , all of their other countries the Muslim , India ,etc either ban or otherwise not even allow Christians to practice their religion openly……..

  • HisChild

    Sen. Nuxoll spoke the truth and lived the truth of God’s word. “You shall have no other God’s before me.” I stand with her in prayer.

  • Frank

    3 awesome politicians.. Now let us see if they stay awesome and don’t apologize for being true to who they profess to be and for speaking the truth.

  • lujres adluaz oinus

    JESUS CHRIST died on the cross for our SINS, there’s no other GOD that did the same way what JESUS CHRIST have done to save humanity… CHRISTIANITY saves people who believe in JESUS CHRIST as our personal Saviour ( JOHN 3:16, JOHN 14:6 )….

    • Better AndBetter

      Good for you. Not everyone agrees.

      • soaps

        You don’t have to agree for it to remain the truth. Unfortunately if you don’t agree you are only deceiving yourself and hurting your own soul.

  • akosipatriot

    Paul, atheists are so vocal of calling God a delusion, specifically targeting Christianity, so nobody bombs them or asked them to apologize.

  • Ryan

    Hinduism is the BASIS of CHRISTianity. Where do you think Jesus was from12 until 31? Jesus was in INDIA studying. Why do you think the THREE WISE MEN were so central to the NATIVITY?! Do you think they just stopped for coffee & cake and LEFT !!!! They imparted THEIR(Indian) teaching to the Holy Family ……and left GOLD,Frankinsense & myhr (valuable things) TO PAY FOR JESUS’ EDUCATION.

    • Paul Hiett

      Oh, one other thing, there’s nothing to substantiate the claim that there were only three “wise men”.

  • Ryan

    The three MAGI (wise men of ZOROASTARIANISM) brought gifts of GOLD, FRANKINCENSE, and MYRRH to Baby Jesus. Do you think they came all that way, dropped off their VALUABLE gifts, and left?! NO! they stayed and imparted their beliefs. Then, when Jesus was 12, he used those gifts to pay his expenses to travel to INDIA and complete his studies of YOGA/HINDUISM nand He became an “Enlightened Master” (He achieved CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS) THEN, when He was 32/33 He returned to Palestine to spread what He had learned IN INDIA.
    Search (Jesus in India) and (Christ Consciousness).
    HIS KINGDOM is not of THIS Earth …… HIS kingdom is the UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS.
    THIS is why the Priests HAD to kill Jesus …. he was preaching LOVE, UNIVERSAL brotherhood, FORGIVENESS …… Those concepts are DEADLY to a Tribe that bases It’s existence on HATE and VENGEANCE, that follows a WAR god.
    Jesus would have “infected” and weakened/destroyed judaism ….. JUST like having a member of the KKK start preaching brotherhood to the other members …… he HAD to go.

    • Paul Hiett

      You do understand that there is nothing in the Bible to support this claim?

    • soaps

      More New Age lies. I pray that you learn you have been deceived as I was when I was in the New Age lifestyle for 15years. It almost destroyed me. There is no such thing as “Christ Consciousness” … this is a Satanic manipulation of the truth. The truth is that only Jesus Christ is GOD. He wasn’t just a “master” he was, is, and forever will be GOD OF THE UNIVERSE. … PRAISE JESUS FOR RESCUING ME FROM THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT.

      • Ryan

        Stuck in the MATERIAL world in spite of Jesus telling you HIS kingdom is NOT OF THIS WORLD.

        • JCIL

          We are here…for a time. Just as Christ was.

          I was wondering, Ryan. What evidence do you have to support all of your assertions?

    • JCIL

      I was wondering, Ryan. Are these just your opinions or do you have any evidence to support them?

      • Ryan

        I do ….. research it and you will find it.

        • JCIL

          How can universal oneness be reconciled with Jesus saying He is the only way to God? Muslims don’t believe Jesus is God. Those who practice Judaism don’t believe Jesus is the Messiah. Hindus don’t believe Jesus is the way to God.

          How can all of these be true?

          • Ryan

            HIS is the only way ………… as in prayer and meditation

          • JCIL

            According to Christian faith, Jesus is God. Salvation is much more than just prayer and meditation. It’s accepting Christ as Lord and Master of your life to the exclusion of all others.

            How does this reconcile with the many beliefs in the world today? It’s Christ and nothing else, not Christ and everything else.

          • Ryan

            (1) Jesus BECAME ONE WITH god.
            (2) ALL religions are plastic amalgams constantly morfing.
            (3) HOW MANY Christian belief systems are there?
            (4) How do you explain meditation and Christ Consciousness to a hut dwelling Barbarian or dirt scratching Serf? Their understanding is limited to — Bad behavior mean BURN FOREVER.

      • Ryan

        Course you have to have FAITH

      • Ryan

        The triumverate — God – Jesus (son of god as we all are) and HOLY SPIRIT Christ Conciousness/ Universal Oneness — represented as a FLAME on their head – (at the point of AWARENESS) just as the Zoroasterians worshipped/focused their meditation on a sandal wood flame.
        U might want to look closely into ATEN also.

  • Poke

    OH MAN ! IT SOUNDS LIKE A SEVERE CASE OF ‘FREE CHOICE’ …ACTIONABLE BY A CITATION FOR ‘THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE’ AND A SENTENCE OF LIFE WITH A MIND-OF-YOUR-OWN…….WITHOUT POSSIBILITY OF GUILT.

  • Better AndBetter

    So much for freedom of religion.

    Fundy hypocrites are nasty.

    • Paul Hiett

      Freedom for Christianity, you mean…:-)

  • JCIL

    Beware. Better andBetter (Paul Hiett, Badke) uses multiple monikers to sound like a crowd. He or she is the same person. Caught him or her at it yesterday. He or she admitted it.

    They are atheist trolls looking to deceive.

    • Paul Hiett

      You ow me an apology, plain and simple. We are not the same person. Any claim as such is a lie on your part, and indicative of the kind of person AND “Christian” you claim to be.

      • JCIL

        I caught you clean yesterday because you messed up switching monikers. Don’t try and deny it.

        • Paul Hiett

          You’re a coward, JCIL…the worst kind of a Christian.

          You owe me and Badkey an apology. Unless, of course, you think lying is a tolerable sin?

          • JCIL

            I see your other account is active on here today too. Still trying to sound like a crowd. Despicable.

          • Paul Hiett

            The cool thing is, I don’t need to say a word. If you believe your religion is real, if you believe your Bible to be the truth, then good luck explaining your willingness to lie. “Thou shalt not bear false witness…”

            I am going to state this for the last time. He and I are not the same person. He’s already admitted that he has to use a second account since they banned the “Badkey” one. I stand by everything I have said, and would never have a reason to lie on here, or create an illusion of more than one person who disagrees with your religion.

            I wonder what your fellow Christians think of this…the atheist is the one speaking the truth, and the “Christian” has to lie.

          • JCIL

            You were caught red-handed. Nothing else needed to say!

          • Paul Hiett

            This is my last reply to you, kid. You’re the worst kind of human being. Religion aside, you’re just not a good person. You willingly lie, which flies in the face of your religion, which you claim to follow. Rather than admit you were defeated in a debate, you come up with some retarded idea that I have two accounts.

            Plain and simple, you’re nothing more than a coward, and a charlatan to your religion. I hope there aren’t too many “Christians” like you on here.

          • JCIL

            No amount of squirming can cover up what you did. Caught cold!

          • Logic&Emotion

            I simply cannot condone your comments with Paul. And here is why:

            22But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
            24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

            Until you learn these things, you will have difficulty convincing anyone of anything, other than attacking people on a personal level. Stick to the concept, Ideas, and Ideals of your argument, evidences, and information. Otherwise, it will be difficult to have the Holy Spirit reside in you. I say that out of love for a fellow Christian. (The question I have is can you take constructive criticism if it may assist you in bringing people to Christ?)

          • JCIL

            I appreciate your comments.

            I responded to your comment above.

          • Logic&Emotion

            May the Lord our Savior be with you on your journey. I support your efforts, and am proud to know a man that saw the truth. I don’t want you to feel I’m against you. I’m not. Good luck and God bless you and keep you from harm.

          • JCIL

            I didn’t take it that you were against me, and I appreciate your observations. They were offered in boldness and love.

            We both want the same thing: to do God’s work while He has us on earth – to reach out to the unsaved that they might be reconciled to God.

            I wish you God’s blessing and protection as well.

          • JCIL

            I’m not cowardly at all. Why would I owe you and Badkey an apology when you already admitted to multiple monikers? There is no sin when a person is telling the truth. I saw the slip up.

            But I’ll tell you what. I won’t challenge your Paul moniker unless I see another slip up. I’ll be watching.

      • Logic&Emotion

        Paul I just visited your FB page. A lover of Hockey, and surprising enough Christmas decorations on your fireplace. I think JCIL is not really doing a very good job representing Christ-like people, at least from what I am seeing. I don’t think you fully support Atheism. I’m hoping that you give people like myself a chance to discuss without anger. JCIL is going to far in my opinion, and I’m not sure I respect that. I am a believer in Christ, and he came to SAVE those that ask the eternal question, is there a God. I say Yes he is the creator. I say Jesus is real in my life. However, representing Christ is not a heated debate about you personally and I’m not real happy with JCIL for attacking you personally. If he has something to say about concepts, Ideas, Ideals, etc. I can understand that. I apologize to you on behalf of him. He is getting carried away. An Apologist is a defender of our faith in Christ. It doesn’t mean we are better than anyone else.

        • JCIL

          You don’t have to apologize for me.

          I was an atheist for many years. I know the tactics. The vast majority aren’t interested in truth, but to seek to destroy believers. A part of that tactic is using multiple monikers to sound like a crowd. Then they use them to gang up on unsuspecting Christians – who have a heart for the unsaved – in order to shake their faith.

          While my approach may be harsh, it is only toward those who aren’t interested in learning, but destroying.

          Yesterday, Paul and I were sharing ideas, when I noticed he slipped up and forgot to change monikers. I’ve been doing this enough times to notice these kinds of things. I called him on it.

          Many of these types of people have multiple identities, including FB pages. Don’t be fooled. Be discerning.

          • Logic&Emotion

            Seriously, every point you have made is really irrelevant. Does it really matter how many profiles he uses, when I teach and try to plant seeds, that would be the least of my worries. I’m not apologizing on your behalf, I’m looking at your comments. To me they are becoming more personal attacks and less issue attacks. There is a big difference. Look at my credentials. You seem to think you have a market on how to address Atheist’s. I’m afraid you don’t.

          • JCIL

            Have you been interacting in discussion forums for awhile?

          • Logic&Emotion

            I’ve spoken now to over 113 Atheist’s and I’ve recorded many statements, one reason is because in Behavioral sciences there is something called contextual analysis which takes a look behind the scenes of comments to give a certain profile of those that are just young kids playing the Atheist game, Young adults who are struggling for answers, and those that are considered small church Atheist, and big church Atheist. A good book that describes them in accurate detail is “The irrational Atheist” by Vox Day. It’s a look at today’s “New Atheist” as opposed to Atheism in its original form starting about 441 years ago. I feel its a necessity to study the context of the messages because it underlines the personality of the person. That assists me in the tact that I use to balance the conversation before actually impressing on them that I do know a couple of things (lol). At any rate yes I’ve been doing it consistently for over a year now after being told I was an Apologist during a hospital stay. Thanks for asking.

          • JCIL

            Great to hear.

            We have similar backgrounds.

            I haven’t read that book. I have some other resources that talk about the hurt and pain at the root of a rejection of God and atheism. Very helpful when talking with those who are interested knowing more.

            I’m a little older than you. I started apologetics almost two decades ago when the Internet was still accessed using dial-up. At that time, online discussions were in their infancy. I’ve seen a dramatic change in both apologetics and discussion environments over those years, that are both good (more discussions) and bad (lots of chicanery).

            People that know me often comment how gentle and understanding I am. I admit, however, I get a little crusty at times when I discover someone is trying to pull a fast one. I’ve seen too many young Christians shaken by new atheist tactics because they are a little green in this kind of environment.

            It was pleasant sharing stories. I look forward to seeing your comments here. I’m new to this website.

            I don’t mind if you remind me that my ‘crust’ is showing when you notice it. 🙂

          • Paul Hiett

            You mean people get a little short with you when you falsely accuse them of something, and even with the knowledge you’re wrong, you still perpetuate your lies.

            So much for you being a real Christian.

          • JCIL

            You weren’t falsely accused. I saw the slip up.

            I notice you want Christians to demonstrate Christ’s values, yet you don’t believe in Him. Isn’t that illogical?

          • Paul Hiett

            Just because I responded to a post you made directed at him, does not mean he or I are the same account.

            You have done nothing more than jump to a conclusion, and then insulted me in addition to accusing me of something I didn’t do.

            I then told you explicitly that I was not using a second account, while he told you that his “Badkey” account had been banned which is why he created the “BetterandBetter” account. Even in light knowing the truth, you still bear false witness.

            Not only are you breaking one of your own commandments, but you’re flat out being a jerk about it. You do owe me an apology.

          • JCIL

            As I said, I’m going to evaluate your comments further before I arrive at a final conclusion. If I made a mistake, I will apologize. I have no problem with that.

          • Paul Hiett

            I’m pretty sure you know the truth, you just don’t want to admit you were wrong.

        • Paul Hiett

          It’s really ok, and you don’t have to apologize for him. He’s extremely young, and doesn’t give thought prior to what he says. It happens. A few more years under his belt and maybe he’ll figure out why what he’s said here is extremely childish and immature.

          I do fully embrace atheism…not in a militant way, mind you, but I do firmly believe that there are no deities. I don’t be in any of them, and no myth, to me, is better or worse than any other.

          My position is that we are all entitled to live as we see fit. We can worship whatever deity we wish, how many of them we wish or, in my case, none. That shouldn’t define who we are, though, at least in my humble opinion. Nor should it ever give anyone a perceived right to judge or take action against another person based on those beliefs.

          I do think the world would be a better place if religion were kept in the homes and churches, and out of our schools and government. Everyone’s relationship with their religion is personal, or so I am constantly told…so why is everyone so adamant that we live by their religious doctrine?

          I’m also on reddit a lot, in the r/debateanatheist and r/debatereligion as well. Mind you it’s not just Christianity that gets discussed, but all religions, and yes, atheists take their fair share of lumps as well, but when it comes to religion, one truly can’t expect otherwise.

          In the end, not that it matters, no, I’m not on two accounts here, although anyone with half a brain knew that already.

          • Logic&Emotion

            The only thing I will say is this. My intentions are a genuine effort to show that I care about people. I do believe that Jesus is the way and like you and Atheism, I am concrete in the knowledge that Jesus is not even close to being a myth. He is and was as real as anything I’ve ever experienced, and I believe there is enough substantive material to support that. Remember the word “Label”. Then remove it from person, and you will have a truth about me. Good luck Paul. Sincerely, Tim (Spock lol)

  • soaps

    They had every right, according to freedom of religion, to NOT attend. Why should their spirits be poisoned against their will?

  • Logic&Emotion

    Certainly this is a confusing mess. I’ve often stated that during a school function such as saying the preamble to the flag, that “under God” came from a judeo-Christian background, and that an Atheist can choose to exit while the class says the preamble. The same I think goes for a Christian leader that decides it is not appropriate for them to be in this setting, not as a protest, but simply because Hinduism is not a particular officials belief system. The only apology necessary (in my opinion) would be if the person belittled another person. Many times there are heated debates concerning world-views but it is more logical to discuss the issue, the concept, the ideal, instead of attacking the person. That comes primarily from emotion, and as you can see from comments, there is plenty of emotion in debates about these issues.

  • amuncat

    Question: Would Hindus and Muslims allow a Christian service or prayer in their governments? No! screw ’em! I love people requesting that someone apologize for racial, etc. statements or slights…as if the words “sorry” are reflective of a changed mind!

  • Karen McKim-Altman

    This nation was founded, primarily, by people of Judeo-Christian faith and principles, not Muslims, not Hindus. I’m tired of the political correctness of bringing in people of ‘all faiths’ , which waters down this country’s long-standing tradition of opening a session with prayer. If I were visiting Saudi Arabia or India, I would not expect anyone to pray to my Christian God. And yes, salvation through Jesus Christ, the son of the living God (not Allah) is the only was to eternal life. This fact does not make ma a hater of other peoples, but they are following a false religion, which I cannot support and i do not expect my lawmakers to bow their heads to other gods.

  • GustAdlph

    Where is the ACLU when you need them? You can have Muslim, Hindu, Wiccan and who knows what else at public meetings, anything except a Christian prayer.

    • Jackie Puppet

      The AC in ACLU stands for Anti Christian

    • Paul Hiett

      If you had any clue how many such meetings start of with a Christian prayer, compared to all other religions…yeah, I don’t think you really have a clue on that.

  • Truthhurts24

    Its turning into Mystery Babylon in America now and Christians are going to be singled out because we are the only people who will not bow down to false gods just like the in the time of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. The fact that this women needs to apologize for her beliefs shows me the double standards this country has against Christians.
    Stay Strong Body of Christ it is going to get worse here

  • barbarakelly

    It is time for all of us Christians to put our foot down . NO more crossing the line. They don’t like us then their country. And but laws on us well we need to do the same thing. Right now we have big problem with these muslims who have hidden camps and are training for what our destruction. and yet our muslim in chief isn’t doing a darn thing. So that means it is up to us to find out every camp and make everone aware of them all.

  • Fear No More

    In Idaho lawmakers have failed and refuse to protect children who are dying due to medical neglect because of the parent’s so called Christian beliefs in faith healing. In Idaho Add the Words was defeated because of what lawmakers called their Christian beliefs.Why do they have a right to dictate how others should live? I have always wanted to believe Christianity was about love, tolerance, peace and equality. Instead I am increasingly disgusted by the bigotry, hate and intolerance I see on the rise from people claiming to be good Christians. I don’t want to be part of a faith that is so narcissistic that it becomes intolerant and abusive. Do you really believe out of millions of people on Earth that God is only going to save your little congregation and damn all others? Lawmakers represent people of all faiths and orientation. If they cannot do that objectively and respectfully they should be voted out. I do not see a reason for any prayer before a government meeting. Let everyone share a moment of silence instead. What does the Constitution mean by separation of church and state?

  • http://beorh.wordpress.com/ Scáth Beorh

    As a former Hindu, it is a false religion, like every other religion on the planet–or off of it–which does not worship the Living Word of the Creator, on Earth known as Jesus of Nazareth.