More fundie bigotry…this time it’s against Hinduism
[Note from Pam: The AP reports that three screaming “Christian” protestors disrupted the prayer by Rajan Zed (director of interfaith relations at a Hindu temple) in the Senate today, and the police had to remove them from the visitors’ gallery. These ignoramuses (two women and a man) started bleating “this is an abomination” and other complaints. Thanks for fomenting that, AFA, which urged protest over “seeking the invocation of a non-monotheistic god.”]
Here’s what happened:
The AFA (American Fascist Association) got their panties in a twist when a Hindu priest opened prayer for a U.S. Senate meeting. Now they are protesting this, calling it “hypocritical”. This is not about fundies persecuting the LGBT in particular, but about fundies openly expressing their ignorance in general.
It’s ironic when a priest whose religion treats certain people like shit (well, in rural areas anyway) is being targeted by a group whose religion treats certain people like shit (especially in the rural area).
Hindu to open Senate with prayer
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.”
“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.”
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.
1. This piece of propaganda is from a fundie group who bitches about the fate of Christian missionaries proselytizing in India.
2. David Barton points out that there is religious persecution in both India and Nepal, but failed to mention that he and his fellow church nazis are persecuting people here in America and desperately attempting to have our country (as well as “heathen” nations like India and Nepal) dominated by “Christians”.
Any other comments about this fundie nonsense?