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NRI Hindu Prayer in Senate, Disrupted and Shouted Down by "Christian patriots"

  • NRI Rajan Zed, a Hindu chaplain of Reno, Nevada, became nervous and uncomfortable
  • Very soon, he regained his footing then continued with his invocation.


WASHINGTON, July 12, 2007
Ashok Aggarwal

For the very first time, NRI Rajan Zed, a Hindu chaplain, was invited to perform the invocation for the Senate on July 12, at approximately 9:30am. Just before Zed was able to begin, though, three individuals- Ante Pavkovic, Kathy Pavkovic, and Kristen Sugar from the Christian Right anti-abortion group Operation Save America began shouting:

  • "Lord Jesus, forgive us father for allowing a prayer of the wicked, which is an abomination in your sight. This is an abomination. We shall have no other gods before you."

Senator Bob Casey, the presiding officer for the morning, immediate asked the sergeant-at-arms to restore order. The sergeants were pushing them out and they continued to yell at the Hindu cleric as they were headed out the door:

  • "No Lord but Jesus Christ" and There's only one true God."

All theses three protesters, who traveled to Washington all the way from North Carolina, interrupted by loudly asking for God's forgiveness for allowing the false prayer of a Hindu in the Senate chamber. They were immediately removed from the chambers, arrested, and are in jail now.

Rajan Zed, then continued with his invocation and said:

"Let us pray. We meditate on the transcendental glory of the deity supreme, who is insie the heart of the earth, inside the life of the sky an inside the soul of heaven. May he stimulate an illuminate our minds. Lead us from the unreal to real, from darkness to light, and from death to immortality. May we be protecte together, may we be nourished together. May we work together with great vigour. May our study be enlightening."

Press release by Operation Save America:

Operation Save America, proud of the hate they have spread. They issued the following press release, condemning the members of the Senate for not joining in their protests:

  • Ante Pavkovic, Kathy Pavkovic, and Kristen Sugar were all arrested in the chambers of the United States Senate as that chamber was violated by a false Hindu god
  • The Senate was opened with a Hindu prayer placing the false god of Hinduism on a level playing field with the One True God, Jesus Christ. This would never have been allowed by our Founding Fathers.
  • "Not one Senator had the backbone to stand as our Founding Fathers stood. They stood on the Gospel of Jesus Christ! There were three in the audience with the courage to stand and proclaim, 'Thou shalt have no other gods before me.' They were immediately removed from the chambers, arrested, and are in jail now. God bless those who stand for Jesus as we know that He stands for them." Rev. Flip Benham, Director, Operation Save America/Operation Rescue.
  • I am ashamed that when our government finally becomes progressive enough to invite a Hindu to lead the prayer, he faces such treatment.


What happens when Senators won’t stand? Gentle Christians must!
By Rev. Flip Benham

Rajan Zed, a Hindu clergyman was invited by Senator Harry Reid of Nevada to open in prayer. A Hindu opening prayer in the United States Senate?

HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN! Have our elected officials forgotten so quickly the God of our Pilgrim Forefathers, the God of our Founding Fathers, and the God who has blessed America and made her the mightiest nation in the world? Has Jesus, who made this nation free, been prostrated to the same level as every other religion?

The events that took place in the Senate chambers yesterday would indicate that the answer is, “YES!” Well then, what happens when United States senators fail to stand for truth, and bow their knee to the false god of political correctness? Simple Christian moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, sons and daughters, must stand up for Jesus!

Ante and Kathy Pavkovic, and their daughter Christen Sugar, became a gentle and loving rebuke to a nation that has forsaken the God of our fathers. They rose to their feet to rightly proclaim the one true God – Jesus Christ – the One before Whom every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess.

This simple act of biblical obedience has inspired and encouraged the hearts of hundreds of thousands of Christians across this nation. It has drawn a line in the sand that will have huge implications for the general election of 2008. The Christian vote is not for sale. Republicans you cannot depend upon us. If you can’t find it in yourself to stand for Christ – we can’t find it in ourselves to vote for you.

As the Hindu clergyman began his prayer to his false god, Ante rose up. Bible in hand and held high, he proclaimed, “Lord Jesus, forgive us Father for allowing the prayer of the wicked which is an abomination in Your sight.” The gavel was sounded by Senator Casey who commanded, “The Sergeant at arms will restore order in the Senate. The Sergeant at arms will restore order in the chamber.”

As Ante was being restrained he quoted Psalm 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” and the 1st Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” And then closed with, “You are the One true living God.”

Next his wife Kathy stood and quoted John 14:6, “Jesus is the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” She was also restrained by the Sergeant at arms and then their daughter Christen began pleading to God saying, “Father, forgive us for betraying your Son Jesus.” She was also arrested.

This family became a powerful witness and a prophetic voice for all of us, including the arresting officers and booking officers at the jail. All of the police officers commented on what a fine family this was. Our God in heaven is rejoicing!

The falsehood of Hinduism was eloquently challenged yesterday by those who know the truth that sets people free - Jesus. We pray that their lives will inspire many to do the same and call our nation to repentance and to return to the God of our fathers. May the hallowed halls and chambers of the Congress of the United States of America never again entertain the false religions of this age.


In US, there were head line news like this:

  • Three Removed From Senate During Hindu Prayer By Nathan Burchfiel,
  • Hindu Prayer in Senate Draws Religious Protesters Reuters
  • Hindu Prayer in Senate Disrupted By Charles Babington, Associated Press
  • 'Christian patriots' interrupt Hindu prayer in Senate World Net Daily

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