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The Republican Convention Story You Missed - By - July 20, 2016 - SF Weekly
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The Republican Convention Story You Missed

With all the attention on what Melania said, you might not have realized that on Tuesday, Donald Trump was officially nominated for president of the United States. Let that sink in.

You also probably missed a pretty serious moment for another Republican, a lawyer from San Francisco named Harmeet K. Dhillon, who gave the invocation at Day 2 of the convention in Cleveland. The catch is, she offered a Sikh prayer in Punjabi because, well, she practices Sikhism. It was quite a moment for Dhillon, and the Christ-worshipping GOP.

And over here on the Internet, the prayer — which Dhillon helpfully translated for the majority white, English-speaking audience — went over exactly as you’d expect. But before we get into that part, we want you to get to know Harmeet K. Dhillon.

She’s an attorney who lives in San Francisco. She recently took on a class action lawsuit against the city of San Jose after Trump supporters were attacked during a June 2 rally, claiming police failed to protect the supporters from anti-Trump protesters.

The Los Angeles Times ran a bio of Dhillon on Tuesday after the invocation. She was born in India but raised in England and the U.S. Her parents supported Republicans, and in 2013 she became the first female vice chair of the California Republican Party. But that rise did not come without controversy and hardship.

Before being elected to the position, she encountered heavy racism. Dhillon was called a “Taj Mahal princess” and mislabeled a Muslim (and one who would defend beheadings), and a rumor started claiming she would slaughter a goat at the lectern.

So it can’t be all that surprising to read the reactions to her Sikh prayer posted on the GOP Convention Facebook page with the video of her invocation. They certainly were not all bad, but the ugly ones were rather hideous.

Polly Howard Tottle
If I wanted to pray to the Sikh God, I'd go to India. Could we stop appeasing the MINORITY for a change??? Stupid political correctness is killing us! The U.S. was founded on CHRISTIAN principles…we are the MAJORITY yet we continually have to endure this insanity …I'm tired of all this appeasement…how about just go with what America was founded on! Maybe we could fear the *real God* and realize we're IN this national fix because of our stupidity and arrogance in not honoring Jesus Christ as a nation! Whaddya say GOP?! This is why the majority hates the GOP Establishment!

Lucy Moberg
Not everyone in this country is a Christian. As a Christian, I can respect a different faith even though I do not agree with it. I am confident enough in my own faith, that listening to someone else is not a threat to me. We have to learn how to be inclusive of all faith practices in the UNITED STATES of AMERICA…. it's in the 1st Amendment to the Constitution.

Melody Hair Godess Bennett
I am so sorry but did she get lost at the airport??? What country does she believe she is in at that time? AMERICA…YOU ARE IN AMERICA you jerk…ENGLISH! Holy crap I cannot believe what I just saw…oh wait, of course I can, she was from the CLINTVOMIT rule…my bad

Rita O'Hara
I am Catholic, of Christian Faith. This prayer was fabulous! Harmeet is an amazing woman! She is a superb representative for San Francisco! Rock solid! Rock⭐️‼️

Felicia Solomita
I shut you off during this. I pray to Jesus not her woojie or whatever!! Good grief!

Annette Gallardo Escalante
We r 1 country with different faiths without having to worry about persecution.

Renata Smith
Never again, PLEASE!!!! This is a Christian nation. Speak English too, PLEASE!!!

Brian Akers
Have some respect people, why do think we have the problems we have in this country

Josh Leeper
Sure it's a religion of peace, that's what all the Muslims say. This is America! A Christian country

Sandy Crocco
I think it's beautiful that everyone can pray in their own religion for the same things that we all want.

Traian Lalescu
what's this ? what country is she from? what language? what the Hell is going on with Americans?

Josh Leeper
Take that crap off your head this is america

Renata Smith
There is only one way to heaven and that is through Jesus Christ. If Jesus is not in the mix, that god is satan himself. I can certainly respect the person but I can not respect the religion.

Rob Harless
And ppl think us Republicans are racist