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HENB | Washington | Aug 25, 2016:: Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu member in House of Representative (for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district since 2013) contesting again to the US Congress, has been targeted for her Hindu faith by her Republican opponent in the Congressional elections, prompting sharp reactions from the Hindu-American community members.
35-year-old Democratic Representative Gabbard is seeking her third-term re-election from Hawaii against Republican candidate Angela Kaaihue.
Kaaihue last week described support to her as “worship (ping) the devil” and called the Democratic Party the “Devil Democratic State.”
“Some Christians say, a vote for Tulsi Gabbard is a vote for Satan, the devil do you agree or disagree?” Kaaihue alleged in a Facebook post, which has now been deleted.
This infuriated the Hindu-American community. The Hawaii Republican Party in a statement urged party members to disavow Kaaihue for her attacking Gabbard for her religion and faith.
“Her vulgar, racially bigoted, and religiously intolerant descriptions of Democratic Party candidates are offensive, shameful and unacceptable in public discourse,” said Fritz Rohlfing, chairman of the Hawaii Republican Party.
Tulsi Gabbard, a sympathizer of many Hindu organizations and Bharatiya Janata Party and its nationalist leader, Narendra Modi, was one of the first two female combat veterans to be elected to U.S. Congress.
Tulsi was among the first few to criticise the U.S. government’s decision to deny a visa to Modi before he was elected prime minister of India. Gabbard had called the decision a “great blunder” for US politics and building relationship with foreign states.
Even after being ridiculed and abused by a Radical Christian politician from her opponents, Tulsi is spreading a message of peace and religious tolerance with a full faith in Hindu roots and Bharatiya Sanskara (Indian Cultural Link). Here is a great message on building peace and harmony from Tulsi Gabbard on the occasion of Holy Janmashtami.
Upananda Brahmachari, Chairman of Hindu Existence Forum and the Editor, Hindu Existence website vehemently opposed the ill mentality (Hinduphobia) and religious intolerance expressed by Republican candidate Angela Kaaihue and wished a solidarity for the success of the Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard with an emphatic win.
Courtesy : PTI & Swarajya.