Family Research Council Condemns Hindu Senate Prayer

July 13, 2007

OneNewsNow reports that Pierre Bynum, National Prayer Director for the Family Research Council, has a problem with religions other than his own being used by the government to open the day on the Senate floor.

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Bynum says Thursday’s Hindu prayer was a major departure from the “thoughts and plans” of America’s founding fathers. “We sing the song My Country ’tis of Thee, [saying] ‘to Thee we sing.’ The faith of our fathers, is being left behind,” he contends, “and we’re opening up to a bunch of religious ideologies and groups that were not part of our founding documents, were not part of our heritage.”

Bynum says the farther America gets away from the faith of its founding fathers, the more troubled and confused the country will become. “The big deal is that up until just a few years ago, our Christian heritage has been respected as a nation,” he notes. “Our Judeo-Christian documents — the Old and the New Testaments — have been the foundation of our law.”

I’ve said it before, but I feel that it needs repeating. I submitted the following as a comment to OneNewsNow’s Story:

What the group from “Operation Save America” did during the Senate Opening Prayer is not only hypocritical, but anti-American.

This country was not founded as a Christian nation. It was founded by men, some of whom were Christians, as a nation where people could exercise their religious beliefs how they wished. Remember one of the main reasons this country was founded in the first place — to escape a place where government mandated an official religion. Please read Susan Jacoby’s “Freethinkers” to have a more accurate view of the history of this country. You are misinformed. In allowing Christian prayer, but not prayer of others who live in this great country, the government is endorsing an official religion of the state, which we know is not constitutional:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

It is shameful to endorse the disruptive and intolerant actions of these protesters. Apparently to some Christians “religious tolerance” means “tolerance for nothing but MY religion.”

Wake up – America is made up of a wonderful, productive, and DIVERSE group of citizens. Our founding fathers got it right when they set up a system for them ALL to be represented fairly and equally.

Also see The Atheist Revolution’s take on this story. He has a good point that the story here isn’t that anyone is preferring one religion over another, but rather that we open the Senate day up with a prayer in the first place. In other words, we’re opening ourselves up for persecution when we favor one religion over another unless the Senators are made to observe every religion equally — and in doing so, those who have The Great Realization that its all a bunch of nonsense are being overlooked.


Christian Extremists Disrupt Hindu Senate Invocation

July 12, 2007

From ThinkProgress: