GURU SET FOR HONOR, GETS PIE IN FACE
DETROIT (UPI) -- A bearded young man pulled a shaving cream pie out of a bouquet of roses and slapped it into Guru Maharaj Ji's face, then said, "I always wanted to throw a pie in God's face."
The 15-year-old Indian guru was appearing before the Detroit Common Council at the time of the incident Tuesday. The council was considering a special testimonial resolution for him.
The shaving cream dripped down the Guru's broad face and onto the front of his suit.
The pie thrower identified himself as Pat Halley, 22, a reporter for the anti-establishment Detroit newspaper Fifth Estate.
Maharaj Ji said, "I just want to apologize to that person who did that to me. I do not want him arrested or hurt. If someone doesn't understand something, he cannot be responsible for what he does."
Halley escaped from the grasp of guards.
Councilman David Eberhard, a Lutheran minister, objected to the resolution, which honored the guru for working toward peace, love and unity. His own religion, Everhard said, made the situation a conflict of interest. "I can't be part of supporting a fake," Eberhard said.