Rajan Zed, the Hindu chaplain who offered the opening prayers for the US Senate on July 12, 2007, patiently enduring religious hecklers from the balcony, received a rather warmer reception by his fellow religious leaders in Reno. Attendees, who included Catholic, Protestant, Latter Day Saints, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Bahai leaders, expressed their appreciation for Zed’s “courage, persistence, and value as a friend,” and also commended Nevada State Senator Harry Reid, who invited Zed to open the Senate session.
Dr. Tom Butler, pastor of Sparks United Methodist Church remarked, “The senator is recognizing the world is changing.” “A global war is being fought, and one of the things that troubles me the most about those who promote war is they assume people from different religions don’t want to understand each other.”
- Interfaith Gathering Honors Rajan Zed
Reno Gazette Journal, August 4, 2007