DOVER — A reading of a Muslim prayer on the state Senate floor sparked outrage from some members of the Republican caucus and led to a spat involving several lawmakers Wednesday.
The Senate begins every day with a prayer and on Wednesday Tarik Ewis from Tarbiyah Mosque read a portion of the Quran, first in Arabic and then in English.
Sens. Colin Bonini and Dave Lawson walked out during the prayer, and upon return, Sen. Lawson blasted the reading.
“We heard from the Quran that advocates for our very demise and that’s brought into this chamber as a prayer to open this session. I take great exception to that,” he said.
“I fought for this country not to be damned by someone that comes in here and prays to their god for our demise. I think that’s despicable.”