Australian House of Representatives deny Hindu prayer request

April 20th, 2008 - 4:46 pm ICT by admin  

Melbourne, Apr 20 (ANI): The Australian House of Representatives has denied Rajan Zed, the internationally acclaimed Hindu chaplains request of reading opening prayer in the House.

Deputy clerk of the House Bernard Wright replied to Zeds request by saying that standing orders would not allow a chaplain of any faith to say a prayer or similar invocation because they specify that it is the Speaker who reads the prayer, and also because they specify the prayer.

He further added, The House does have the capacity to change its standing orders, and has often done so, although the history of the House does not show a willingness to change the standing order relating to the saying of prayers at the commencement of each sitting.

Rajan Zed has read the first Hindu prayer in United States senate in Washington in July last year, besides in Nevada, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Arizona Senates, Nevada Assembly and Arizona House of Representatives during the last few months.
Zed is one of the panelists for On Faith, a prestigious interactive conversation on religion produced jointly by Newsweek and (ANI)

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