An Idaho republican senator has made his case loud and clear: he is going to storm out if the Idaho Senate opens their proceedings with a Hindu prayer.
Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, does not want the Hindu prayer to be recited before the Idaho Senate meeting on Tuesday morning.
"They have a caste system," Vick whined. "They worship cows."
Although he is 59 years old and seemingly aware of the First Amendment's existence in the United States Constitution -- which allows faith and worship of any kind -- Vick believes that Hindu prayer should simply not be allowed to open a senate in a country that was "built on the Judeo-Christian not only religion but work ethic, and I don't want to see that undermined."
He also went on to comment on how he did not want to stray away from the values in which the country was founded.
"I'm very supportive of the way this country was built," he said, "and I don't want us to move away from it."
Senate President Pro-Temp Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, told reporters that the Hindu cleric Rajan Zed of Reno, Nevada first approached the Senate about praying before the meeting. He has done this before in other "Western legislatures and city councils, as well as the U.S. Senate," according to IdahoStatesman.com.
"I reviewed the prayer. It did not seem offensive in any way," Hill told reporters. "It refers to 'deity supreme.'"
"In my mind, you either believe in religious freedom or you don't ... We have had Jewish prayers, many denominations of Christian prayers," he continued.
Hill, who is a member of the Mormon church, also commented on Idaho's history with barring certain religions from legislature, saying, "There was a time in Idaho history when Mormons were not allowed to pray in the Legislature -- nor were they allowed to hold office or vote because Mormons were not considered Christians. I think we've come a long way since then."
Taking to social media, Vick assured his followers that he will do all he can to prevent the prayer from being spoken in the Senate, saying, "I am working to get it stopped."
"It goes back to my concern about the way this country was built, if you compare it to a country that was built on the Hindu faith," Vick told reporters.
He also said that the prayer may "send a message we're not happy with the way America is."
After Christianity and Islam, Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world, accounting for roughly 80 percent of the population of India and almost a billion people worldwide. In the U.S. alone there are about 3 million Hindus.
Source: IdahoStatesman.com Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons