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November 12th, 2012
02:03 PM ET

First Hindu elected to Congress

By Dana Davidsen, CNN

(CNN) - In an election that broke boundaries, Hawaii elected the nation's first practicing Hindu to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congresswoman-elect Tulsi Gabbard, who will represent the state's second district, told CNN Monday that her election "shows the respect, diversity and love and aloha that people have in Hawaii that would allow for something like this to happen."

The 31-year-old Democrat said she will take her oath of office on the Hindu religious text Bhagavad Gita in January.

"I think it's a perfect time and a great time for Congress to start moving toward this representation on diversity and really this common ideal that regardless of what our differences might be, we all need to come together now to do what's best for the people," Gabbard said.

FULL STORY
- Dan Merica

Filed under: 2012 Election • Hinduism • Politics

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    November 12, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
  2. hindu filthy parasite ism

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    November 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  3. BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

    She must be made to swear to uphold truth absolute GOD, foundation of America, and renounce hinduism, illegality, or be sent back to live in hind, filth of hinduism, racism, as she believe in hind, filth of hinduism, racism by faith. A hindu denier of truth absolute has no place in domain of truth absolute America. deport her to hind, filth of hinduism, illegality called india.

    November 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • YOUR NEW HINDU DAD

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      November 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

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      November 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • YOUR NEW HINDU DAD

      BEST STOP SASSING ME, BOY

      JUST CAUSE I'M BANGING YOUR MOM DON'T MEAN I WON'T SMACK THE BULL CRAP OUTTA YOU

      November 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • YOUR NEW HINDU DAD

      ALSO I'M NOT SURE IF YOU NOTICED YET

      BUT NO ONE HERE SPEAKS YOUR MUMBLY VERSION OF WHATEVER THE HELL LANGUAGE YOU THINK THAT IS

      YOU MAKE MAYBE 1% SENSE 1% OF THE TIME

      November 12, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

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      November 12, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • YOUR NEW HINDU DAD

      I DON'T HAVE A SISTER, BUT I'LL LOOK YOURS UP AS SOON AS I'M DONE WITH YOUR MOM

      AGAIN: NO ONE UNDERSTANDS THE VAST MAJORITY OF YOUR RAMBLING BULLSHIT

      YOU ARE NOT GETTING ANY KIND OF POINT ACROSS, YOU JUST LOOK VERY STUPID AND ILLITERATE

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      November 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
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      November 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

      If you do not have a sister, go for your mother, allowed by hinduism, filthiness of your hindu filthy man god Ram, as was the case of you birth by hinduism, incest, your father and his sister or his mother to keep hinduism, racism alive, hindu, child of hinduism, incest.

      November 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • YOUR NEW HINDU DAD

      TRY IT AGAIN IN AN ACTUAL LANGUAGE, YOU DROOLING IDIOT

      YOU TYPE LIKE OLD PEOPLE SCREW

      November 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

      Find some other excuse hindu, looser, a hindu, ignorant does not understand his own language, let alone some other language.

      November 12, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • YOUR NEW HINDU DAD

      WHO ARE YOU CALLING LOOSE, SHITBIRD? I'M TOIGHT LIKE A TIGER

      YOU STILL MAKE ALMOST NO SENSE, THE ONLY MESSAGE WE'RE GETTING IS THAT YOU ARE A COMPLETE IDIOT

      November 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

      hinduism, I am an idiot, bull crap of my mother, have fun with my sister, like your Hindu father did with my grand mother, filthy goon, Hindu, child of GAWD, incest. Now are you happy? Take my mother, sister, mullah, imam, salahfi but leave me alone, goon of dark age called America.

      November 13, 2012 at 1:42 am |
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    November 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  5. Portland tony

    And this monumental news means absolutely nothing? Soon we may get a real Christian and a Druid too.

    November 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • Christopher Walken

      Well, a woman like this..I mean you know, wow. I would take her to a place, somewhere, nice. Champanya and a vegetarian dinner. Dancing. Fun. Romantic.

      November 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  6. Reality

    And the question of the day is: What was she in her former life? Hmm, she does look Monica L. does she not? Or maybe she is Monica L? Let us see here: 2012-1995 = 17 years. Monica was 22 when the affair began making her now 39. Now if another Monica was reborn in 1981 that would make the "reborner" 31, the age of representative Gabbard. Very strange are these reincarnation/reborn scenarios.

    November 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
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      November 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • This country is a joke

      Reality, Monica was the one that got caught. Now, figure out how many male and female Monicas work in government to know how promotions are obtained.

      There's the answer why our country is going down, down, down. Pay your taxes though, our civil servants need their paychecks.

      November 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Akira

      She seriously looks NOTHING like Monica Lewinsky; don't insult the lady by that comparison...

      November 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Akira,

      Reality can't see past the blue dress.

      November 12, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  7. wa2go

    Tulsi Gabbard for President – 2016 or 2020 !!!

    November 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  8. William Demuth

    Kinda hot for a Hindu!

    One more Hindu is one less Christian

    Better an Atheist, but she is a step forward for sure.

    November 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

      both have same hindu, pagan roots but a hindu, criminal is worst than any one, because hindu, criminal is a hindu, denier of truth absolute GOD from hinduism, darkness of his/ hear heart.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  9. BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

    Looks like Americans had not elected enough hindu"s denier's of truth absolute God, foundation of America, follower's of hindu Mithra ism, racist savior ism, Christians to defy consti tution of USA, they had to elect a admittedly hindu, denier of truth absolute GOD, as a member to defile foundation of America, ready to legalize hinduism filthiness of hinduism, incest by faith in following of hindu filthy Enoch sanatan, cross goon man god Ram of hindu's, ignorants, beside hindu filthy gay ism and abortion.
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    November 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
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      November 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
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      Stop hating on the lady, you idiot.

      November 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
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    November 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

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      November 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
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    November 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
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    This woman, wow wow wow wow wow, I mean, look at her, so much class, I fine femaile. I like her and, I hope to meet her. Soon.

    November 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

      Ready to commit hinduism, incest by faith in following of hindu filthy tradition of hinduism, racism.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
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    Love Lettuce,
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    G.O.D.

    November 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Akira

      ReaLly? I was making them for my kid's parties 15 years ago. They are good, though.

      November 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

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      15 years is but a tiny speck of spritual oneness is the epic sea of party pastries in this or any delightful taste continuum. :)

      November 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
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    November 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
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      November 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  16. Reasonably

    Ganesh be praised. Or whatever. All I can say is, I hope the GOP is all itchy over this. They need to ditch the Christian Reich and go back to being Republicans.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  17. Great White Horse Prophecy FAIL = Mormons no longer blogging

    Rather have a Hindu than a Christian.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Both are equally retarded.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • Quip

      Yep, satanists fare much better than the Christians.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Great White Horse Prophecy FAIL = Mormons no longer blogging

      Trust a satainist before I woudl trust a christian

      November 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  18. Rational Libertarian

    She may worship Johnny Six Arms and Papa Smurf, but damn she's hot.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • Great White Horse Prophecy FAIL = Mormons no longer blogging

      lol

      November 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      She is hot. And after sex she can fix your car. Perfect woman.

      November 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      If it turns out she can make a good carbonara, she might just be perfect.

      November 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  19. Oliver Stone

    I am very proud of the USA. May the hindu gods continue to bless America!

    November 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Deepak Chopra

      Do yoga and prosper. Yoga is the key to happiness there is no replacement for eastern mysticism. Let there be more temples across the land. Let Idol worship abound. Let there be prosperity as we continue to bow down to molten images of gods.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  20. Pete

    I know of at least one poster who will not be happy about this.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Akira

      Oh, I know, right? I get the feeling he's not happy about much, though.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • sam

      The minute he sees it, he's going to implode.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
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