Talk:Rajan Zed prayer protest

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This article currently lacks much explanation of the lasting effects of the events described, as required by WP:EFFECT and WP:PERSISTENCE. I can't personally find any reliable sources to indicate it meets those criteria; if no one else can I'm inclined to take it to Articles for deletion. Input is very welcome. – Arms & Hearts (talk) 19:30, 8 July 2012 (UTC)

If it is unclear that it has lasting effects, changes can be made, a quick Google Books search indicates that it continues to have lasting effects:
In the article the event was cited by Americans United as a proof that legislative chaplains should be eliminated and cited in their literature against the practice. As the Supreme Court has ruled that the existence of this Chaplaincy is a matter for Congress to decide, such an argument is a political one and currently remains a minority position (one supported by hundreds of thousands but opposed by millions). One such opponent cited the event in 2009's Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church/State Wars By Jay Wexler. He held the event likely brought attention to the chaplaincy for the first time to most Americans and used it as an intro to raise questions about the practice both at the federal level and in state legislative bodies that do the same. A similar argument is made in 2009's The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture by Darrel W. Ray.
The event is also cited by those calling on Americans to embrace a more pluralistic worldview, one such example is 2008's Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America's Tradition of Religious Equality By Martha Craven Nussbaum. On the other side of the argument it is also cited by those who believe that America is a Christian nation and that it represents a ominous and dangerous shift away from that. A belief put forward in Living in the Times of the Signs - Bible Prophecy for the 21st Century By David R. Barnhart
The event is cited by Hindus in the United States as evidence of Anti-Hinduism within the culture.The author James Sang Chi in 2012's Voices of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience cites it as a notable low point for Hindu Americans contrasting it to the celebration of the Diwali by the United States President. He first reviews the event and quotes the AFA's calling of the prayer as "an abomination" then he goes on to say "Now that abomination has moved from the outhouse to the inner sanctum itself. The historic East Room of the White House was the site of the Diwali celebration. Hindu Americans are tickled pink." Conversely it is also celebrated as a high mark in American-Hinduism as the first Hindu prayer in Congress by other authors who do not focus on the interruption, such as 2010's American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation by Philip Goldberg.
Wowaconia (talk) 20:36, 8 July 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the quick and comprehensive reply. It'd be great if you could add some of the above to the article. I'll try to have a go myself, though I feel my unfamiliarity with the subject leaves me poorly placed to judge WP:WEIGHT concerns. – Arms & Hearts (talk) 16:48, 9 July 2012 (UTC)