Senator Sheryl Nuxoll elaborated on the Hindu prayer controversy in her March 2-8 weekly newsletter:
“Recent press reports have elaborated about my lack of participation with a recent Hindu prayer offered in the Idaho Senate chambers. I wanted to offer an explanation in my own terms:
I opposed the prayer because I believe America is a Christian nation and has been blessed as a result. Evidence of America’s Christian foundation is clear. It can be found in the many Biblical scriptures etched in stone on historic American monuments, and by the fact that our entire legal system was based on the 10 Commandments.
So, although I support an individual’s Constitutional right to worship as they choose, it is my opinion that alternative faiths should not be elevated beyond our traditional Faith of Christianity in a building symbolizing American leadership, such as the state capitol.
Thank you for your understanding.”