Thursday, July 12, 2007

Freedom of Religion (for Certain Christians Only)

Item: (From Americans United for Separation of Church & State) Hindu Chaplain Rajan Zed, a Nevada resident, gave the opening prayer in the Senate at the invitation of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.).  As he began his remarks, two protestors interrupted the proceedings, asking for forgiveness from Jesus Christ for the “abomination” of failing to pray to the “one true God.”  (The sergeant-at-arms had to restore order.)  Religious Right groups have been agitating against the Hindu leader’s prayer since it was announced.  The Rev. Donald Wildmon’s American Family Association has asked his members to complain to their senators about the invitation.  The group’s news service reported that “Christian nation” activist David Barton said that Hinduism has few followers in the United States and that prayer to a “non-monotheistic god” is “outside the American paradigm.”

So, let’s make this clear: the Religious Right does NOT want to allow "prayer" in public situations, such as in school or meetings of a legislature; they only want to allow THEIR prayers in such situations.

Absolutely no where in the Constitution is Christianity given any preference over any other religion.  Yet it is those same Religious Right activists that insist on strict interpretations of the Constitutions and rail against “activist” judges.

Utter hypocrites!

It is all a lie – everything they say about prayer when battling atheists goes out the window when they are battling Hindus or Muslims.  When battling atheists on behalf of Christians, the Religious Right wants a religiously accommodating government.  When battling Hindus or Muslims they insist on “no special privileges” for specific religions.

Idiots and hypocrites.

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