The Mayor’s Hotline got a bunch of calls this past week protesting a Hindu Cleric offering an invocation at the June 8 City Council meeting. (check the transcript posted below).
Not much tolerance among these Christian folk in a community that strives to be “the most livable city in America.” We have to side up with Team Dave at the office of Mayor Dave Bieter on this one. With 17% of the population being of a culture other than Anglo-Saxon, it is appropriate to hear from a Hindu–or any other faith.
City Clerk told the GUARDIAN they actually have trouble getting ANY religious cleric to offer invocations at the weekly council meetings. She said they go through the phone book soliciting ALL faiths and often as not the city clerk assigned to the council meeting ends playing preacher.
Rajan Zed, The Hindu scheduled to deliver the June 8 prayer, contacted the city and made the offer. He bills himself as “President of the Universal Society of Hinduism.” With that billing he certainly will have an above average turnout at City Council.
UPDATE 5/20–Oh what hath the gods wrought! Take a look at HINDU PRESS. Looks like the Boise City Council is getting used for a publicity stunt. This time not by a railroad, but a cleric. Wonder of Alan Sheely will keep his eyes open.
FROM POET PAUL–
A Hindu Prayer was said as the council met
And it has caused many a Christian to fret
God is still their guide
Let’s be on their side
The council needs all the help it can get!
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