Earlier today, a Hindu minister started to give the benediction on the Senate floor. This honor traditionally is offered to a diverse range of representatives of the many faiths that live together in peace and freedom in the United States, a testament to our belief in religious liberty. Unfortunately, he couldn't complete his benediction because of a few idiots who apparently believe that Christianity means acting rudely to others.
And as Americans, they're hardly the kind of ambassadors we need, either. The Times of India noticed the display:
Christian activists briefly disrupted a Hindu invocation in the US Senate on Thursday, marring a historic first for the chamber and showing that fundamentalism is present and shouting in the US too.
Invited by the Senate to offer Hindu prayers in place of the usual Christian invocation, Rajan Zed, a Hindu priest from Reno, Nevada, had just stepped up to the podium for the landmark occasion when three protesters, said to belong to the Christian Right anti-abortion group Operation Save America, interrupted by loudly asking for God's forgiveness for allowing the ''false prayer'' of a Hindu in the Senate chamber.
"Lord Jesus, forgive us father for allowing a prayer of the wicked, which is an abomination in your sight," the first protester shouted. "This is an abomination. We shall have no other gods before you."
Democratic Senator Bob Casey, who was serving as the presiding officer for the morning, immediately asked the sergeant-at-arms to restore order. But they continued to protest as they were headed out the door by the marshals, shouting, "No Lord but Jesus Christ!" and "There's only one true God!"
Yes, I'm sure that these mouthbreathers think they're spreading the Word. I have little doubt that they think they can convert the heathen by shouting at them, acting rudely, and comporting themselves as fools. That's why they left no doubt as to their idiocy, let alone their utter lack of hospitality.
Unfortunately, Ante Pavkovic, Kathy Pavkovic, and Kristen Sugar have company. The Reverend Flip Benham of Operation Save America immediately issued a press release scolding ... the Senate. "Not one Senator had the backbone to stand as our Founding Fathers stood," the flipped-out Benham wrote, even though nothing in the Federalist Papers indicate that the Senate acted rudely to Hindus as a matter of national policy.
Thank the Lord that this trio doesn't represent real Christians. They're great ambassadors for the numbnut contingent, however.