ACTION ALERT -- SENATE HINDU PRAYER

BACKGROUND TO SENATE HINDU PRAYER:

The U.S. Senate has traditionally opened its daily proceedings with a Christian prayer recited by the Senate Chaplain. On July 12, 2007, for the first time in U.S. history, the U.S. Senate opened its daily proceedings with a Hindu priest reciting a universal Hindu prayer. Unfortunately, Christian extremists vocally disrupted the prayer and had to be removed forcefully by Capitol police.  The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) promptly issued a statement on the event and the protest (www.HAFsite.org), which was also carried by prominent American and international media. HAF is continuing to voice strong objections with the intolerant groups organizing the protest. HAF also delivered to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who supported the prayer, a thank you letter the next day.

YOUR ACTION NEEDED:

  • Contact Senate Majority Leader Reid (202-224-3542) thanking him for standing up to the extremists and for his support for Hindu Americans.

  • Contact your Senators and congressional leaders asking for a statement indicating their support for the Hindu prayer as an example of the tolerance and pluralism of America, and condemning the miscreants who disrupted the otherwise momentous event and extremist organizations that protested the event. You may find contact information for your Senators and congressional leaders at www.Congress.org

  • Please contact Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (202-224-4451), Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama (202-224-2854), Senator and Republican Presidential candidate John McCain (202-224-2235), Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Joseph Biden (202-224-5042), Republican Congressman Bobby Jindal (202-225-3015),  Senator Sherrod Brown  (202-224-2315), Republican Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani (212-835-9449), Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney (857-288-6400), and Republican Presidential candidate Tommy Thompson (515-422-5100) asking why each leader has not issued a statement on this matter, given the significant fund-raising their respective election campaigns have are doing within the greater Indian community. Hold candidates accountable for their stand on this issue.

In addition, the past few weeks have been extremely busy for all the volunteers and staff and the Hindu American Foundation (HAF). We would like to highlight some of the recent major HAF successes:

  • Today was another momentous occasion for Hindu Americans. HAF’s Executive Director, Ishani Chowdhury, spoke on behalf of Hindu minorities in South Asia - the 1st time in U.S. history that a Hindu American represented the human rights of Hindus throughout South Asia in a Congressional briefing.

  • HAF’s letter to the editor responding to a slanderous Boston Herald report headline "Hindus lament divine case of erectile dysfunction" was printed in the newspaper and can be viewed at www.HAFsite.org

  • HAF, last week, released its Third Annual report on the status of Hindu human rights where they are minorities. For the first time, this report was covered by multiple prominent mainstream American media including the Chicago Tribune and the ANG media group which publishes The Argus, in addition to Indian and Canadian media.

HINDU EDUCATION AND AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS:

Finally, HAF continues to organize and plan Hindu Education and Awareness Campaign Fundraisers. We have upcoming programs in Dallas, Houston, Long Island and Northern California. We are planning events for the Washington DC area, Detroit suburbs, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Tampa, and Orlando. If you would like to help organize such an outreach, membership drive, and fundraising event in your area, please contact the HAF Office at 301-770-7835 or email office at HAFsite.org

The Hindu American Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3), non-partisan organization, promoting the Hindu and American ideals of understanding, tolerance and pluralism.