Thursday, July 12, 2007

Christians Disrupt Hindu Senate Prayer

The Chaplain for the Senate's opening prayer was Hindu.

As reported at Election Central, as he started his prayer, several Christians in the audience shouted protests. They could be heard saying, "Lord Jesus, forgive us father for allowing a prayer of the wicked, which is an abomination in your sight," and "This is an abomination. We shall have no other gods before You."

Now, one possible reaction reaction to this is to chalk it up as a sign of religious bigotry - the way that religion teaches its followers to hate others and to generate conflict.

However, I wonder whether secular advocates of separation of church and state would cheer or condemn a group of atheists in the audience shouting claims that there is no God or many of the anti-religious quotes from the founders, such as, "History I believe furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government," or "In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own." (Thomas Jefferson)

Who would cheer them? And who would condemn them? And would they be able to apply a consistent set of principles whereby they can decide whether to cheer or condemn these Christian protesters?

And if criticized, would that criticism be based on the claim that this type of behavior is wrong? Or merely that, even though right, it is not prudent?

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