Friday, July 13, 2007

Hindu Prayers and Peace Harry Reid Style

This week I ignored an email from a well-meaning acquaintance that urged me to Take Action Now! about the Hindu clergyman praying in the Senate. I didn't take action.

While I believe this country is Judeo-Christian and founded on the principle that there is One God that we worship, I also believe that we have the freedom of expression here, too. And I think the choice perfectly reflected Harry Reid's belief system.

The substance of the prayer was this:

"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," he said. "May he stimulate and illuminate our minds."
This seems like a prayer to one God, the "Supreme" one, no less.

Those who disrupted the prayer were disrespectful. No, I don't think what they did was the Christian thing to do. They might want to spend their time praying for Harry Reid and the Hindu priest and for our country.

Captain Ed says this about the protesters:
Yes, I'm sure that these mouthbreathers think they're spreading the Word. I have little doubt that they think they can convert the heathen by shouting at them, acting rudely, and comporting themselves as fools. That's why they left no doubt as to their idiocy, let alone their utter lack of hospitality.
What I did find interesting was the Hindu priest's closing prayer:
"Peace, peace, peace be unto all."
It brings to mind this scripture, Jeremiah 6:14 (in fact, read all of Jeremiah 6 and tell me what you think):
"They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, Saying, 'Peace, peace,' But there is no peace."
And then, after saying peace, and living with a pretend peace this is the result in Jeremiah 8:15 (NASB):
"We waited for peace, but no good came; For a time of healing, but behold, terror!"
Talking about peace, wishing for it and doing nothing doesn't create peace. There are too many people talking a good talk but unwilling to make the tough decisions and take the difficult course.

Betsy notes this nugget from the Harry Reid press conference:
Jake Tapper, not a known neoconservative, had a question for Harry Reid. He couldn't get an answer. After asking his question several times, Tapper tried once more.
TAPPER: With all due respect, Senator, you didn't answer my question.

REID: OK. This is not a debate.

TAPPER: Will the Iraqis be safer?

REID: We're answering questions. (calling on someone else) Yes, young man? Anyone else have a question?
Will Iraq have peace if American troops withdraw? Better yet, will America?