Idaho Lawmaker Tries to Block Hindu Prayer in Senate Chamber Today

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When the Idaho House and Senate gavel into session, proceedings usually get underway with an invocation. But one Idaho lawmaker only wants a particular kind of prayer at the Statehouse.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Dalton Gardens Republican Sen. Steve Vick tried to block a Hindu invocation which opened this morning's Senate session. Vick said he opposed the invocation because, "I just don't think we should go in that direction." Vick insists that there were other legislators opposed to the Hindu prayer, but, "I guess I'm the only one to do it publicly."

In a Feb. 28 Facebook post, Vick wrote, "I am working to get it stopped," but the Press reports that Vick's effort to block the invocation have been stymied. 

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who is slated to give the invocation, also gave the first Hindu prayer ever to be heard on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Zed was expected to read from the Bhagavad Gita in his March 3 prayer at the Idaho Senate.