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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

soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. Sagar

    Also the define religion...

    November 15, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
    • Sagar

      My grammar is as good as a 3rd grader....with little help from the teachers! I skipped the howework and I did come back to party down with all the dudes! This was a massive train @rgy....da dudes dongers were floppin around and some major kneel and bob maneuvers were roxkin!! Man, I love to take a big meat stik right up da ol pooop chute!!

      November 22, 2012 at 5:34 am |
  2. islander

    I'm a Calathumpian. Steeped in ancient history, preceeding all else, Cal arrived. I'm folowing Him. Or,... you could follow the dictates of your oh so superior analitical conclusions, and worship Omar the Silly, an Iranian Guru of note. Wait..... maybe just spend your time in a rest home, helping others..... not glamorous... but effective. (Cal approves. Others want your money.)

    November 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • islander

      Hey boy toyz! Give me your digits and I will give u a ring. We can hook up and I will make it a fling. I will rock dat coq and play with your sack..when u spray all dat goo I won’t give u any flack! I slurp it all down and make your head spin…I guzzle that salty stuff with a grin!! Fill me up…Solo cup!!

      November 22, 2012 at 5:39 am |
  3. Dazlinn

    Congratulations to the new Congresswoman from Hawaii!! Have some respect for this female combat veteran! She deserves it!!

    November 15, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  4. Huebert

    I think being a christian should disqualify you from holding office. Base this comment on the atrocities of law in place now, enacted by christians.

    November 15, 2012 at 8:21 am |
  5. Come to Heavenly Mother!

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESjVYMlQ5Cc&w=640&h=390]

    November 13, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  6. Reality

    Only for the new members of this blog:

    Putting the kibosh/”google” on religion to include Hinduism in less than ten seconds. Priceless!!

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated/reborn Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    November 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Sagar

      Right....and you have a problem with people following religions because?

      November 15, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
  7. BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

    I want her to legalize incest in following of my sanatan filthy goon man of Allah, fake GAWD, denier of truth absolute Theen GAND or skinny ass, not GOD, or GO'OD, but occasionally BAD.

    November 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS

      See pics of me and my dog, Mohammed, at saladandchips.com. Fvck Allah he is a cu.m guzzler.

      November 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  8. Satan is the best

    alleged nude pics of said Hindu Congresswoman at saladandchips.com

    November 13, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  9. Huebert

    I bet this is driving Hindu troll nuts.

    November 13, 2012 at 9:24 am |
  10. Bootyfunk

    ALL religions are cults. christianity is a cult. cults are bad for you. they teach you to turn off your brain.

    leave the cult. think for yourself.

    November 13, 2012 at 5:24 am |
  11. Reality

    Only for the new members of this blog:

    Putting the kibosh/”google” on religion to include Hinduism in less than ten seconds. Priceless!!

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated/reborn Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    November 12, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
    • Reality

      As requested, added details about Mohammed:

      3. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite blood feud (e.g. Iraq and Syria ) and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      November 13, 2012 at 8:10 am |
  12. J. Paul

    America has been called the great melting pot and I for one do not protest a Hindu being elected to congress. I am not racist nor do I believe that the government should exempt Hindus from holding office. Nevertheless, having said all that, I must say that there are several reasons why India is still a very backwards country. Vishal Mangalwadi has explored many of the differences in his books and lectures. Being from India, he has some very interesting perspectives on both India and America.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      "Nevertheless, having said all that"

      You far overestimate yourself.

      November 12, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
    • Lou

      What does India being "a very backwards country" have to do with a story on an Indian-American Congresswoman? Are you implying that Hinduism is the cause of this supposed backwardness? How?

      November 13, 2012 at 12:10 am |
    • YOUR NEW HINDU DAD

      HEY

      HEY 'HINDUISM'

      GIVE IT UP YOU LITTLE BITCH

      WE'LL FIND YOU A TUTOR NEXT WEEK THAT CAN TEACH YOU HOW TO STOP BEING A LITTLE BITCH IN ADDITION TO SOME SENTENCE STRUCTURE

      November 13, 2012 at 2:03 am |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    November 12, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      November 12, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi Prayer-Bot

      November 12, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
    • TrollAlert

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
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      "Douglas" degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
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      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "another repentant sinner" degenerates to:
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      "captain america" degenerates to:
      "Atheist Hunter" degenerates to:
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      "just sayin" degenerates to:
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      "nope" degenerates to:
      "2357" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degenerates to:
      "fred" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert" is a degenerate.

      This troll is not a christian. .

      November 13, 2012 at 8:18 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.`.`

      November 13, 2012 at 8:23 am |
  14. God's Oldest Dreamer

    The easiest way to do your own circumcision at home is to use the "guided forceps" technique. In this procedure, the foreskin is grabbed and pulled forward over the head of the penis—called the glans—and clamped straight across with a long forceps. Now it's a cinch to cut the skin along the outside edge of the forceps, in much the way a barber might hold a lock of hair between his fingers and snip it with a pair of scissors. The metal arm of the forceps guides the incision and protects the head of the penis from injury. :(

    Love Lettuce,
    Love Let Us,
    G.O.D.

    November 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
    • BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

      lying filthy goon of Jesus, I tried that before, was very painful, ignorant.

      November 12, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      You can't use the "clamping" type. There has to be a middle setting so that it is secure yet you can make a cleen cut. :(

      November 12, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Sorry, "clean" cut.

      November 12, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
  15. Gaats

    Wow.....the GOP must be turning over in it's freshly dug grave!

    November 12, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • Lou

      Yup, MORE diversity! Definitely not part of the "Let's go back to the good old days of white, I mean male, I mean Christian America!" mantra.

      November 13, 2012 at 12:00 am |
  16. Sushi Kanji

    We have Corona on special $1.99 bottle. Also Sapporo, Kirin and Korean beer Hite.

    Chef special Fatty Tuna Sashimi (Toro)

    November 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • Sushi Kanji

      What wrong tonight? You don't like? Is Corner Cafe give you better deal?

      November 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • Sushi Kanji

      Why I talk to self? You are strange.

      November 12, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
  17. End Religion

    the number of word salad comments is staggeringly high. I think it's all due to our PayPerView Hindu-hating friend. I see Lettuce-head is adding some as well. It's almost a tougher read than the bible.

    November 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • Corner Cafe

      We do have soup. Leek soup, Clam Chowder and Chicken Vegetable. For Hindu I recommend the Leek soup, excellent.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
  18. Sushi Kanji

    All you can eat sushi, chef's choice $21.99. Belief blog special roll half off. Free Edamame! Best sushi on internet.

    November 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • Sushi Kanji

      Hello. You like order soup? Hand roll good. You no like sushi try California Roll ok?

      November 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
  19. Hindu filthy cheese ism

    word fondu is based on Latin word dippity doo, hot gooey, chips, great, chip dip, to be in greatness, pita chip, to be creamy to both of them, fondu, a noun in yummy, fonduism, way of yumminess.

    Visit dippingisfun.com to learn about fonduism, deliciousnessity of fondu's, deliciousness to impose fonduism, veggie dipping on humanity by fonduism, cheese skin of truth absolute by dipper. Be a dipper, not a fondu, lactose intolerant like a fondu, double dipper.

    November 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • Satan is the best

      Check out saladandchips.com for great religious recipes!

      November 13, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • JellyBean

      "Satan is the best" you are so bad, didn't get me this time!

      November 13, 2012 at 11:35 am |
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    November 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • Akira

      As long as there are no filthy isms, deniers of isms, I'm there.
      Do you have Blue Moon?

      November 12, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • Belief Blog Bistro

      Yes but it is full price. We do serve believers in absolute truth, but they are not allowed to sit at the bar.

      November 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • sam

      This place is comedy gold, today.

      I'll take a Blue Moon, too. Hold the isms.

      November 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • Belief Blog Bistro

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      November 12, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • End Religion

      I'll take a Guinness Stout draught. And bring me some word salad please.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • Belief Blog Bistro

      I am terribly sorry but we do not have the Guinness. How about a Boddington's?

      November 12, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
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      Bottle: Coors, Coors Light, Heineken, Dos Equis, Pacifico, Corona, Corona Light

      Our selection is larger than the Corner Cafe.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • End Religion

      Boddington's will do but we'll have to part as friends after this meal unless you can get Guinness on tap.

      November 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • Belief Blog Bistro

      @End Religion

      Hey, you don't like the menu? Take a friggin hike pal.

      November 12, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
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