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Three Christians disrupt Hindu prayer in Senate 

The prayer and the
protest by Christians

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The disturbance in the Senate:

A family of three protesters traveled from North Carolina to Washington to disrupt a Senate meeting. They were identified by police as a couple, Ante Nedlko Pavkovic and Katherine Lynn Pavkovic, with their daughter Kristen Sugar Pavkovic.  They allegedly belong to a conservative Christian anti-abortion group called Operation Save America -- formerly known as Operation Rescue.

When Chaplain Zed, a Hindu chaplain, had stood before the microphone, but before he had a chance to deliver his prayer, Ante Pavkovic loudly objected from the visitors' gallery, saying:

"Lord Jesus, forgive us father for allowing a prayer of the wicked, which is an abomination in your sight. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. You are the One true living God."

Zed then began his prayer. Kathy Pavkovic then interrupted him by standing and quoting John 14:6:

"Jesus is the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

Finally, their daughter Christen stood and pleaded to God:

"Father, forgive us for betraying your Son Jesus." 1

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) was the presiding officer that day. He ordered that the protestors be removed. As they left the Senate chambers, they continued to yell at the chaplain such phrases as "No Lord but Jesus Christ!" and "There is only one true God! Afterwards, they described themselves as "Christians and patriots"

It is a pity that the group had not waited until the prayer was finished. They might possibly have approved of it because it was a generic prayer to "the Deity Supreme," which the group of three could have easily equated with the Christian Trinity, just as Jews could equate him with Yahweh, and Muslims could have equated him with Allah, etc.

The text of chaplain Zed's prayer was:

"Let us pray. We meditate on the transcendental glory of the Deity Supreme, who is inside the heart of the Earth, inside the life of the sky, and inside the soul of the heaven. May He stimulate and illuminate our minds. Lead us from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, and from death to immortality. May we be protected together, may we be nourished together. May we work together with great vigor. May our study be enlightening."

CSPAN broadcast the prayer and the protest. The following clip was posted to YouTube:

References used:

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  1. Eric Kleefeld, "Christian Right Activists Disrupt First Hindu Prayer In Senate: "This Is An Abomination," TPMCafe, 2007-JUL-12, at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

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