For the first time in history, as far as anyone knows so far, a Hindu cleric gave the morning invocation as the Senate opened today. Yay, diversity, right?
Not so much. Christian (?) activists disrupted the ceremony. Watch the video.
So is the leader of the group these clowns belong to repentant?
Well, Election Central has just gotten off the phone with the group's chief, Rev. Flip Benham. And he's hailing the move by the three activists -- while slamming the Hindu's appearance as "gross idolatry."
In the interview, Benham praised the three activists, Ante and Katherine Pavkovic and their daughter Kristen. And he scorned the idea of the Hindu invocation.
"What we have here is just a wonderful example of Christian theology becoming biography in the sacred chamber of the United States Senate, as a Hindu was offering up a prayer to open up the session this morning. And the folks that were there [the Pavkovics] ... waited for the Senate, or a Senator with a backbone, to remind the Hindu that there is one God who made this country great, and his name is Jesus."
I guess Reverend Benham has forgotten these lines from that Bible he claims to know and love so well:
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God;
and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
He also doesn't seem to understand the First Amendment's Establishment Clause:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof
Where in there does it indicate that a Hindu shall not offer an invocation, and where in there does it indicate that Jesus was one of the Founding Fathers?
Is it any wonder many of us think so little of organized religion?Posted by Linkmeister at July 12, 2007 01:38 PM | TrackBack