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Fri Mar 25, 2016, 07:53 AM

 

The Curious Islamophobic Politics of Dem Congressmember Tulsi Gabbard

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The Curious Islamophobic Politics of Dem Congressmember Tulsi Gabbard

She's particularly a favorite of right-wing media. Appearing with Fox's Neil Cavuto last week, she lashed out at the White House for holding an extremism summit with Muslim Americans, saying it's a “diversion from what our real focus needs to be. And that focus is on that Islamic extremist threat.” She criticized Obama for saying that “poverty, lack of access to jobs, lack of access to education” is contributing to radicalization. “They are not fueled by materialistic motivation, it's actually a theological, this radical Islamic ideology,” she said, throwing red meat to Fox viewers.


But the case of Tulsi Gabbard becomes less curious and more expected once you look at her links to a different set of ethnic and religious hardliners: the Hindu nationalist Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Since her election to Congress, Gabbard has tied herself closely to this party, which has a history of condoning hatred and violence against India's Muslim minority. Many of her stateside donors and supporters are also big supporters of this movement, which disdains secularism and promotes religious sectarianism.


Meet the Islamophobic BJP

In May 2014, the BJP swept the Indian election, and the man it made prime minister was then-governor of the state of Gujarat, Narendra Modi. To say Modi is a controversial figure would be a considerable understatement. In 2002, huge riots broke out in his state, with primarily Hindu mobs attacking Muslim residents. Over 2,000 men, women, and children were killed, with many more injured; mass rape was also documented. Almost all of the victims were Muslim.


http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/curious-islamophobic-politics-dem-congressmember-tulsi-gabbard



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Reply The Curious Islamophobic Politics of Dem Congressmember Tulsi Gabbard (Original post)
Her Sister Mar 2016 OP
riversedge Mar 2016 #1
Her Sister Mar 2016 #2
Walk away Mar 2016 #3
fleabiscuit Mar 2016 #7
pandr32 Mar 2016 #8
Walk away Mar 2016 #11
pandr32 Mar 2016 #14
Surya Gayatri Mar 2016 #4
CajunBlazer Mar 2016 #5
Her Sister Mar 2016 #6
MSMITH33156 Mar 2016 #10
Her Sister Mar 2016 #12
CajunBlazer Mar 2016 #17
Walk away Mar 2016 #9
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Mar 2016 #13
obamanut2012 Mar 2016 #15
Her Sister Mar 2016 #16
SunSeeker Mar 2016 #18
LisaM Mar 2016 #19
Cha Mar 2016 #21
SaschaHM Mar 2016 #23
lolly Mar 2016 #35
kjones Mar 2016 #20
MariaThinks Mar 2016 #31
kjones Mar 2016 #32
Tarheel_Dem Mar 2016 #22
Her Sister Mar 2016 #24
Her Sister Mar 2016 #25
Post removed Mar 2016 #26
Her Sister Mar 2016 #27
Cha Mar 2016 #28
Her Sister Mar 2016 #30
MariaThinks Mar 2016 #29
kjones Mar 2016 #33
Her Sister Mar 2016 #34
Her Sister Jun 2016 #36
Her Sister Jun 2016 #37

Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 08:02 AM

1. good investigative journalism.. thank you for the post.






http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/curious-islamophobic-politics-dem-congressmember-tulsi-gabbard




......Gabbard has one other curious alliance. Under Prime Minister Modi, India has sought increasingly close relations to Israel, shifting the country's historical support for the Palestinian cause. Perhaps Gabbard is a sort of consigliere for this alliance of Hindu nationalists and right-wing Zionists, as she is the only House Democrat backing a bill basically designed to benefit one of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's closest political allies, Sheldon Adelson. The bill is part of a crackdown on online gambling that Adelson is promoting in order to destroy competition to his casino chain.

Has the BJP Bubble Popped?

Gabbard has inculcated this base of hardline BJP supporters, which has propelled her into Congress with thousands of its dollars. She thanks them by echoing much of their rhetoric against Muslims in India on the airwaves here in the U.S. on networks like Fox News. But what she may be forgetting is that she represents a progressive Democratic constituency that isn't interested in sectarian conflict with Muslims.

The Honolulu Civil Beat, a hometown publica........

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Response to riversedge (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 08:16 AM

2. thank you!

 

I am not a fan!

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Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 08:19 AM

3. All of Sanders' endorsers are crooks, nuts or just bizzare!

If they are anti-establishment I want nothing to do with any of them including their cranky Socialist leader.

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Response to Walk away (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 09:26 AM

7. +1

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Response to Walk away (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 09:31 AM

8. Yep!

And that cranky "socialist" leader is an old man after living his whole life under regular American-style capitalism.
To dream the impossible dream (hear the music?)

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Response to pandr32 (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 09:37 AM

11. I'm so glad he is losing without Hillary having to raise a finger against him.

She will get most of his followers because she is so strong that she didn't even have to attack him. He is constantly attacking her and he still can't win. It's amazing to watch.

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Response to Walk away (Reply #11)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 10:12 AM

14. Doesn't matter--all her fault!

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Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 08:34 AM

4. No surprise that she appeals to the RW. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

 

is a radical RW Hinduist bastion that has jeopardized years of peaceful multicultural co-existence in India, and which directly foments sectarian anti-muslim violence.

The Bern, if he's really the flaming liberal he professes to be, should disavow any connections with her and her bigotted anti-muslim bias.

Don't hold your breath...

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Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 08:54 AM

5. On GD-P some of the BS supporters were suggesting her for BS's VP

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Response to CajunBlazer (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 09:16 AM

6. I just posted OP thread in GD

 

argh! My 1st thread there.

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Response to Her Sister (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 09:33 AM

10. I'm sure it'll be hidden

shortly. No clue why, but it's anti-Bernie.

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Response to MSMITH33156 (Reply #10)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 09:39 AM

12. still there

 

Although not sure if it was supposed to be in GD or GDP? 1st time posting thread outside HRC group. Am not even a reader in either.

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Response to MSMITH33156 (Reply #10)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 01:29 PM

17. Hidding for no good cause has ceased since Skinner put out his warning

Otherwise

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Response to CajunBlazer (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 09:32 AM

9. Vice President of Vermont????

Hey! Why not?

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Response to CajunBlazer (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 09:57 AM

13. She's an honorary bro

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Response to CajunBlazer (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 10:44 AM

15. I think that is honestly the plan

To have her be his VP, if by some bizarro chance he won the nom.

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Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 10:55 AM

16. Here's thread in GD

 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10027713841

I added more links, info about Tulsi Gabbard.

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Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 03:48 PM

18. Yep. Between that and the Obama bashing, not liking her at all. nt

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Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 04:02 PM

19. She told a big lie when she cut ties with the DNC.

I had never heard of her (despite the media just reveling in her being a "rising star" in the Democratic party). I did a little online research and was a bit put off. Yet there she was for days at a time, getting all kinds of face time, and with a news feed under her telling her sad tale of being essentially forced out of the DNC because she endorsed Sanders. It was quickly, quickly proven that you can prefer a candidate and yes, be allowed to stay in the DNC, and yet nobody would even backtrack on that. Now she's just a nuisance.

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Response to LisaM (Reply #19)

Sat Mar 26, 2016, 12:33 AM

21. Yeah, she makes a perfect BS surrogate.

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Response to LisaM (Reply #19)

Sat Mar 26, 2016, 02:15 AM

23. Not to mention that...

she decided to pull this stunt after Sanders got creamed in SC. Black voters weighed in and she was quick to try to negate their choice and spin the news cycle.

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Response to LisaM (Reply #19)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 07:45 AM

35. Wonder why she was even part of the DNC?

Or the Democratic Party, for that matter.

Her views don't seem to align with the rest of the party. She seems much closer to Republican.

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Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 10:42 PM

20. Not all that surprised...

I have an Indian roommate, and his views on Muslims are negative,
to say the least. More problems exacerbated by colonial histories...

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Response to kjones (Reply #20)

Sat Mar 26, 2016, 08:14 AM

31. or real world experience

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Response to MariaThinks (Reply #31)

Sat Mar 26, 2016, 08:21 AM

32. Being an atheist who has lived with a Muslim, a Christian, and a Hindu in the past three years...

I can say you're full of it.

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Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Sat Mar 26, 2016, 01:45 AM

22. She gives me the creeps.

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Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Sat Mar 26, 2016, 07:34 AM

24. omg this video!

 

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Response to Her Sister (Reply #24)

Sat Mar 26, 2016, 07:36 AM

25. ??

 

I am a female veteran and also atheist. So find issues

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Response to Post removed (Reply #26)

Sat Mar 26, 2016, 07:57 AM

27. This year is weird!

 

Not sure where you are coming from!? lol! But that was your first post, eh!?? haha! you decided you felt so strongly and that was your first post??? hahahahaaaaa!! Anyway, welcome and I hope you are OK, ok!?

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Response to Her Sister (Reply #27)

Sat Mar 26, 2016, 08:05 AM

28. I alerted and he was banned, too.. Isn't that special he's against activists.

I think #7 meant to vote "hide", too.

I'm against activists
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1107&pid=82520

YOUR COMMENTS

"I'm sick and tired of Muslim anti Semites and black lives matter extremists. I'm pro Jewish and all lives matter. I'm voting libertarian."

I don't think he belongs here.

JURY RESULTS

A randomly-selected Jury of DU members completed their review of this alert at Sat Mar 26, 2016, 02:58 PM, and voted 6-1 to HIDE IT.

Juror #1 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: Then go away. I'm sick of trolls coming out of their caves to share their feelings with us.
Juror #2 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: Nothing like an incoherent rant for your first post. Nip this one in the bud.
Juror #3 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: Does this qualify as a self-callout? and "PPR me. Right the frak now!"
Juror #4 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #5 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #6 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #7 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: Aside from the racist angle, saying one is voting libertarian on this forum is ground for an immediate ban.

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Response to Cha (Reply #28)

Sat Mar 26, 2016, 08:14 AM

30. Woah! that was a fast zap! Thanks Cha!

 

GeeeeEEEEEEeessshhh!
But honestly hope that human being is OK!?


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Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Sat Mar 26, 2016, 08:12 AM

29. anyone defending against islam is an islamaphobe.

what are muslims that don't tolerate free speech, support stoning of homosexuals, expect you to eat halal but will not eat kosher?

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Response to MariaThinks (Reply #29)

Sat Mar 26, 2016, 08:28 AM

33. You sound like you'd be happier over in one of the Religion groups...

...at FR or something.

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Response to MariaThinks (Reply #29)

Sat Mar 26, 2016, 08:35 AM

34. There I added HRC Group to the top!?

 

Sounds like you are condoning/defending/doubling down certain attitudes! Okeee!


HRC GROUP!




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Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Wed Jun 8, 2016, 07:37 AM

36. Reminder please! ~No nope she can't be DNC chair!

 

No nope she can't be DNC chair!

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Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Wed Jun 8, 2016, 10:58 AM

37. Again! Compiled a lot on Tulsi here! and also more in these deleted OP

 

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