Idaho state Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll is standing by her comments that Hinduism has false gods, despite a diverse group of religious leaders calling on her to apologize.
The call for an apology comes after three Republican lawmakers, including Nuxoll, boycotted a Hindu prayer in the Senate on Tuesday.
The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane reports most of the religious leaders asking Nuxoll to apologize are from Nevada, the home state of Reno cleric Rajan Zed, who opened Tuesday's Senate session with a Hindu prayer.
The religious leaders calling for an apology include an Episcopal bishop, a Roman Catholic official, a Jewish rabbi, a United Church of Christ pastor and a Buddhist leader.
Nuxoll says she did not attend the prayer because she believes the United States is a Christian nation.
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