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Groups protest Hindu Senate prayer


WASHINGTON (RNS) — Conservative Christian groups protested the first appearance of a guest Hindu chaplain on the Senate floor July 12.

When Rajan Zed, public relations officer of the Indian Association of Northern Nevada, stepped to the Senate rostrum to pray, protesters began shouting from inside the chamber before he could begin.

“Lord Jesus, forgive us, Father, for allowing the prayer of the wicked which is an abomination in your sight,” shouted one protester before the U.S. Capitol Police removed three people.

Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a representative for the Capitol Police, said a man and two women from Davidson, N.C., were charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful conduct for disrupting Congress.

Zed went on to pray: “We meditate on the transcendental glory of the Deity Supreme who is inside the heart of the Earth, inside the life of the sky and inside the soul of the heaven.”