Idaho Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter has issued a proclamation declaring April one as “Rajan Zed day”, after Hindu statesman Rajan Zed.
The proclamation, carrying the Seal of the State of Idaho and signatures of Governor Otter and Secretary of State Lawrence Denney, says: “…Zed’s initiatives to bring various religious communities together throughout the world so that they can live in peace and mutual trust and enrich themselves through dialogue should be honored…”
It states: “…it is important to honor Zed’s leadership role in attempting to help the helpless…”
Proclamation also points out: “…Zed works tirelessly to uplift about 15 million Roma (Gypsies) people of Europe who live in apartheid conditions by frequently speaking about their maltreatment, issues and concerns; and urging other religious leaders to do the same…”
It adds: “…on March 3, 2015 the historical first Hindu invocation in the Idaho State Senate was read by Rajan Zed, President of the Universal Society of Hinduism,…”
Three Idaho state senators reportedly refused to attend this Hindu invocation and one of them reportedly stated in a media interview: “Hindu is a false faith with false gods”.