Hindu Prayer In Senate

A word of appreciation here for Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada), the current Senate Majority Leader, for inviting Pundit Rajan Zed to give the brief morning prayer for a senate session last week. True, it was briefly disrupted, but that shouldn't detract from the bigger picture: an acknowledgment of the many Hindus living and practicing in the USA.

More details from the Washington Post:

Zed, the first Hindu to offer the Senate prayer, began: "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. May He stimulate and illuminate our minds."

As the Senate prepared for another day of debate over the Iraq war, Zed closed with, "Peace, peace, peace be unto all."

Zed, who was born in India, was invited by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Speaking in the chamber shortly after the prayer, Reid defended the choice and linked it to the war debate.

"If people have any misunderstanding about Indians and Hindus," Reid said, "all they have to do is think of Gandhi," a man "who gave his life for peace."

"I think it speaks well of our country that someone representing the faith of about a billion people comes here and can speak in communication with our heavenly Father regarding peace," said Reid, a Mormon and sharp critic of President Bush's Iraq policies.

YouTube vid here:

Good to see which party has a greater commitment to diversity. If you have to compare and contrast, all you need to do is to see how many of the GOP presidential hopefuls actually turned up to the recent NAACP GOP presidential forum:

Only one, Rep Tom Tancredo, showed up out of a field of nine.

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- July 15, 2007 4:31 PM // General , Politics