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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:41 AM

Buddhist, Hindu Make History With Elections To Congress

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/07/buddhist-hindu-congress-mazie-hirono-tulsi-gabbard_n_2088939.html

Jaweed Kaleem
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Buddhist, Hindu Make History With Elections To Congress
Posted: 11/07/2012 2:26 pm EST Updated: 11/07/2012 9:45 pm EST


Democrat Tulsi Gabbard gives her victory speech after winning Hawaii 2nd Congressional district seat at the Japanese Cultural Center, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Honolulu.


Tuesday's elections brought two historic firsts for religion in American politics: A Buddhist senator and a Hindu representative -- both from Hawaii -- will join Congress.

Democrat Mazie Hirono beat former Gov. Linda Lingle (R), making Hirono the first Buddhist in the Senate. In Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District, Democrat Tulsi Gabbard defeated Republican opponent Kawika Crowley, making Gabbard the first Hindu in Congress.

Both elections were cheered by Hindu and Buddhist Americans, members of two faiths that share a common history that traces back to ancient India.

"These are all signs of dharmic communities being accepted in the country," said Anju Bhargava, founder of Hindu American Seva Charities. "It's all about inclusion and acceptance. The feeling that my faith and my people are accepted. Ultimately, politics comes down to 'how does it impact me?' or 'how am I included?' It will mean so much for the upcoming generations of Hindus and Buddhists."

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:43 AM

1. I suppose the fundies will shit a brick when they take the oath

On texts and scriptures that are not the
Bible

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Response to gypsylud (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:45 AM

2. Too bad, so sad.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:43 PM

3. Freeper heads to explode in 3....2....1....

The Hindu woman is going to be the last straw. She's a Democrat, she's a woman, and she's a devil worshipper!!!1!!11!

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:44 PM

4. Yep. Gotta love it.

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