Republican candidate David Williams (left) attacked Kentucky incumbent Governor Steve Beshear (D) for participating in a Hindu-style groundbreaking ceremony (picture below).
“He’s there participating with Hindu priests, participating in a religious ceremony,” Williams said during a campaign stop in Shelbyville. “He’s sitting down there with his legs crossed, participating in Hindu prayers with a dot on his forehead with incense burning around him. I don’t know what the man was thinking.”
The event in late October marked the construction of a $180 million manufacturing plant by a new India-based employer. The plant is expected to employ 250 workers in Elizabethtown, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
“If I’m a Christian, I don’t participate in Jewish prayers,” Williams continued. “I’m glad they do that. I don’t participate in Hindu prayers. I don’t participate in Muslim prayers. I don’t do that. To get down and get involved and participate in prayers to these polytheistic situations, where you have these Hindu gods that they are praying to, doesn’t appear to me to be in line with what a governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky ought to be doing.”
Williams said his comments were not meant to disrespect Hindus, but that as a Christian Beshear should have declined to participate in the ceremony.
“I’ve been in many countries, in Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, and they’ll say clap your hands and it summons the gods,” Williams said. “I did not do that because that is idolatry. And that’s what he participates in when he does that.”