Senate Majority Leader Harry M.
Reid (D-NV) invited Chaplain Rajan Zed to deliver the the morning prayer for
2007-JUL-12 in the Senate chamber. This is the first prayer ever delivered to the
Senate by a Hindu since the founding of the Senate in
1789. Previous prayers had been delivered by Christians, Jews and Muslims, and
perhaps others. Zed is the director of interfaith relations at the Hindu
Association of Northern Nevada
in Reno, NV. He is believed to have been the first Hindu to deliver opening
prayers in any state legislature when he opened sessions of the Nevada State
Assembly and Senate earlier in 2007.
As commentator Eric Kleefeld noted:
"Today was a historic first for religion in America's civic life: For the
very first time, a Hindu delivered the morning invocation in the Senate
chamber only to find the ceremony disrupted by three Christian right