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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:32 PM

 

America’s First Ever Hindu Congresswoman Will Take the Oath of Office Over the Bhagavad Gita

Last night, Hawaii not only elected Japan-born Mazie Hirono to be the first ever Asian-American woman elected to the Senate, they also elected Democrat Tulsi Gabbard as the first ever practicing Hindu to the US House of Representatives. Hawaii has been declared a Fox News Disaster Zone.

Thirty-one-year-old Gabbard is the daughter of two conservative Hawaii politicians and first ran for office at age 21. After her first term, she voluntarily served on a 12-month tour of duty with Hawaii's National Guard, and then became the first woman in the history of the Accelerated Officer Candidate School at the Alabama Military Academy to be designated a "distinguished honor graduate."

When she's sworn in this January, she'll take her oath of office over a Bhagavad Gita, a sacred text for followers of the Vaishnava branch of Hindu. According to HuffPo, Gabbard's favorite verses include,

— "That which pervades the entire body you should know to be indestructible. No one is able to destroy that imperishable soul." (2:17)

— "The soul can never be cut into pieces by any weapon, nor can he be burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind."(2.23)

http://jezebel.com/5958635/americas-first-ever-hindu-congresswoman-will-take-the-oath-of-office-over-the-bhagavad-gita?post=54075072

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Whovian Nov 2012 OP
Flaxbee Nov 2012 #1
msongs Nov 2012 #2
Whovian Nov 2012 #4
PoiBoy Nov 2012 #9
bluestate10 Nov 2012 #14
tavalon Nov 2012 #20
ananda Nov 2012 #22
PD Turk Nov 2012 #3
BouzoukiKing Nov 2012 #17
NBachers Nov 2012 #5
Cha Nov 2012 #16
Angry Dragon Nov 2012 #6
liberal_at_heart Nov 2012 #7
DavidDvorkin Nov 2012 #8
Tree-Hugger Nov 2012 #10
MightyMopar Nov 2012 #11
Poll_Blind Nov 2012 #12
Hissyspit Nov 2012 #13
Cha Nov 2012 #15
Bonobo Nov 2012 #18
tavalon Nov 2012 #19
Thav Nov 2012 #21
DCKit Nov 2012 #23

Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:34 PM

1. lol: "Hawaii has been declared a Fox News Disaster Zone."

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:35 PM

2. her father has a reputation as a big gay basher. wonder how she feels about gays nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:42 PM

4. She's a Dem, she's green, seems pretty liberal and her parents were conservatives

 

I didn't find any statements on LGBT issues from her in a quick Google search but am guessing she's one of the good guys.

http://hirono.house.gov/ check out the news feeds over the past couple of years for an overview.

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Response to msongs (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:07 AM

9. This article made me reconsider my opinion of Tulsi...

http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2012/01/17/14558-tulsi-gabbards-leftward-journey/

I had the opportunity to listen and speak with her at several meet and greets here on Maui, and her transformation and growth into the person she is now seems sincere... she got my vote and support, and I am hoping for great things from her.

BTW.., Rachel Maddow had a nice highlight of Tulsi on her show today, saying "she is on the fast track to being very famous someday..." nice..!!






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Response to PoiBoy (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:22 AM

14. Tulsi's youth and her capacity to grow as a person makes her an appealing

potential democratic Vice Presidential or Presidential candidate down the road. Her parents were conservative politicians, but true to form, she is moderate-progressive, trending more progressive. I have listened to her speak and donated to her campaign, she seems to be a quiet, extraordinarily intelligent, sincere person.

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #14)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:41 AM

20. I saw her speak and I concur with you and with Rachel Maddow

I once made a similar call after hearing a speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention. I didn't expect him to rise so fast, but he's doing okay so when it is time, this woman will be President. I don't know if she will be the first woman President, but she will be President some day.

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Response to PoiBoy (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:57 AM

22. What a lovely woman.

And it's clear that she can think for herself!

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:42 PM

3. Nooooo!!!

She can't do that! That's the Devil's book!! Why won't she stop persecuting Chrstians?!! Good lord, there's gawd fearin' people in the bible belt that just won't stand for this blasphemy. What the hell is wrong with her, doesn't she believe in freedom of religion?! Somebody stop her!!



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Response to PD Turk (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 01:54 AM

17. Oh please - somebody tell me that Thomas Jefferson...

...had a copy of the Bhagavad Gita in his library for her to use.

My daughter got to vote for Keith Ellison this time, here in Minnesota. (I'm still stuck out in the 3rd) I just loved the exploding Republican heads back when Ellison used Jefferson's copy of the Koran to take his first oath of office in the House.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:54 PM

5. Let'shear it for Colleen Hanabusa, who will represent Hawaii's District 12 in the U S House of Reps

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Response to NBachers (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 01:45 AM

16. Yay, Colleen Hanabusa! All our Asian Pacific Islanders representing

Hawai'i!

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:56 PM

6. I like the Rainbow Tent that the Democrats gather under

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:57 PM

7. diversity is a beautiful thing

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:01 AM

8. Oh, my God, it's the end of America!

She's also beautiful, which I know is irrelevant, but I couldn't help noticing.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:13 AM

10. Isn't Hirono a Buddhist?

So we now have a Buddhist and a Hindu. Wow! They are definitely looking to take over the world. Before we know it, we'll be forced to swear allegiance to Buddha (or Vishnu, if the Hindu gods take over), practice yoga and whisper, "Namaste," to one another....America will never be the same.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:13 AM

11. As Freeper heads explode across the fruited plain!

 

I think it's great! What other country does this?

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:16 AM

12. Nice! Vimanas!



PB

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:17 AM

13. Oh, no! A philosophical intellectual discourse. She's a demon!

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 01:43 AM

15. Raises hand.. Tulsi's my Congresswoman and Mazie's my

Senator! I'm so proud of them and Happy We WON!

Thanks for the article, Whovian!

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 01:59 AM

18. I'm a secular humanist. Could I take it over "Cat's Cradle"? nt

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:36 AM

19. Yessssss!!!!!

This was a good night for liberals and other open minded people.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:55 AM

21. ERHMEHGERD! She'll secretly implement... umm... are there Hindu laws governing execution of wills?

if there are, she'll secretly implement that and FORCE all Americans to become HINDU! SO SCARY!

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 01:45 PM

23. I'm confued.... is my favorite aunt also an illegal? How could I bear it?

 

First the BF and now the aunt? My life is ruined. i really love her (and him).

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