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ND Lawmaker “Saddened” By Hindu Invocation That Didn’t Honor “The One True God”

Apr 3, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

Every time Rajan Zed delivers an invocation, it seems there’s drama. For more than a decade the Hindu “statesman” has been giving invocations everywhere he can and conservatives always respond in the worst possible ways.

In 2007, when he spoke in front of the U.S. Senate, he had hecklers. A few years ago, in front of the Idaho Senate, three Republicans walked out on him, with one even saying he couldn’t be in the room because Hindus “worship cows.”

And now something similar has happened in North Dakota, where Zed gave an invocation in English and Sanskrit in front of the State House on Monday morning.

There was nothing wrong with the invocation itself. It was his presence that turned out to be a problem for several Republicans. A number of them sat in the back of the chambers while Zed spoke (because I guess standing by their seats would mean they hate Jesus).

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