Video: Should Sen. Sherry Nuxoll Apologize for her Comments on Hinduism?

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Cottonwood Republican Sen. Sheryl "Sherry" Nuxoll kicked up an unholy amount of controversy last week when she joined a handful of fellow lawmakers in protesting a Hindu prayer read to open the March 3 proceedings of the Idaho Senate.

Specifically, faith leaders from around the region condemned her comments regarding the Hindu faith, which is observed by about 1 billion people around the world.

"Hindu is a false faith with false gods," she said. "I think it's great that Hindu people can practice their religion but since we're the Senate, we're setting an example of what we, Idaho, believe."

More than a dozen leaders representing a range of faiths were quick to demand Nuxoll apologize to Hindu cleric Rajan Zed, who delivered the prayer, with Boise rabbi Daniel Fink calling the remarks "both hurtful and foolish."

Nuxoll was undaunted, telling the Spokesman-Review that while she didn't mean to call Hinduism a "false faith," she does believe it is a "religion with false gods. I'm not going to give an apology."

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