Four Idaho Republicans Skip Assembly Convocation Because of Hindu Prayer, Idol Worship
If your religion is so weak that you can’t be caught dead listening to another religion’s prayer, perhaps public service isn’t the career choice for you.
Idaho Senate opens with Hindu prayer, 3 lawmakers protestT
By KIMBERLEE KRUESI, AP
Mar. 3, 2015 5:54 PM ES
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three lawmakers refused to attend the Idaho Senate’s daily invocation after objecting to the offering of a Hindu prayer.
Rajan Zed, guest chaplain, gave a lengthy prayer in both English and Sanskrit on Tuesday that focused on selflessness and peace. Senators from both sides of the aisle shook his hand and thanked him for coming.
“Fulfill all your duties, action is better than inaction,” Zed said. “Even to maintain your body, you are obligated to act. Selfish action imprisons the world. Act selflessly, without any throughout of personal profit.”
However three lawmakers, all Republican, only came back onto the floor once the prayer was over: Sens. Steve Vick of Dalton Garden, Sheryl Nuxoll of Cottonwood and Lori Den Hartog of Meridian.