Press Release: Disruption Of Hindu Chaplain's Senate Prayer Shows Religious Right's Intolerance

July 12, 2007

Source: Common Dreams News Center Press Release

WASHINGTON - JULY 12 - Religious Right Activists Want Government To Reflect Only Their Faith, Says AU’s Lynn

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today deplored the disruption by Religious Right activists of a Hindu chaplain’s prayer to open the U.S. Senate.

“This shows the intolerance of many Religious Right activists,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. “They say they want more religion in the public square, but it’s clear they mean only their religion.

“America is a land of extraordinary religious diversity, and the Religious Right just can’t seem to accept that fact,” Lynn continued. “I don’t think the Senate should open with prayers, but if it’s going to happen, the invocations ought to reflect the diversity of the American people.”