Hindu prayer to open Idaho Senate

Legislator: 'We are always open to prayer from other faiths'

Print Article

COEUR d'ALENE - In what may be the first time in Idaho's history, Senate business will open Tuesday with an invocation that includes ancient Hindu mantras.

Idaho Senate Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, confirmed Wednesday that Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver a prayer from Sanskrit scriptures before the Senate.

"He contacted us and volunteered to do it," Hill said. "He has done this in many other states and the U.S. Congress."

Hill said there is no intent to make a political statement by allowing the prayer.

"We are always open to prayer from other faiths," Hill said. "This is not a statement, but it demonstrates our tolerance for other religions."

Zed has sent Hill a copy of his prayer, and the senator said Zed understands this invocation is not about him or his religion.

Zed sent a press release on Tuesday announcing the invocation as possibly the first time Hindu mantras have ever been delivered in Idaho's Capitol Building.

"He asked me if this was the first time it has happened in Idaho's history, and I told him I thought it was," Hill said. "But I didn't go out and take the time to research that."

In his release, Zed said he intends to deliver the prayer in Sanskrit, and follow the prayer with the English translation.

He plans to start and end the prayer with "Om," the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work.

Print Article

Read More Political

Harris, colleagues seek Ukraine info via public records law

AP

October 23, 2019 at 5:00 am | SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris and two of her Democratic Senate colleagues are trying to force the Trump administration to release documents related to Ukraine and poten...

Comments

Read More

Trump 2020 targeting Hispanic vote in nontraditional places

AP

October 23, 2019 at 5:00 am | YORK, Pa. (AP) President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is making contrarian appeals in the most unusual places, trying to win over Hispanic voters in states not known for them, like Pennsylvan...

Comments

Read More

US diplomat: Trump linked Ukraine aid to demand for probe

AP

October 22, 2019 at 10:48 pm | WASHINGTON (AP) A top U.S. diplomat testified Tuesday that President Donald Trump was holding back military aid for Ukraine unless the country agreed to investigate Democrats and a company linked t...

Comments

Read More

The Latest: White House slams testimony as 'triple hearsay'

AP

October 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm | WASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on President Donald Trump and testimony by Ambassador William Taylor in the House impeachment probe (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The White House is slamming testi...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2019 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X