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

Erin Gloria Ryan, Jezebel, November 7, 2012

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 Hinduism, or Sanatana Dharma.. 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)

Gabbard hopes that her faith will help her to assist the US in fostering a better relationship with India, where a large portion of the population is Hindu.

Other non-Christian adherent Congresspeople include Minnesota’s Keith Ellison, who took his oath of office over the Qu’ran. But as far as I know, no elected officials have been sworn in with a special edition DVD version of Cecil B. Demille’s The Ten Commandments, which is probably what I’d pick.

Tulsi Gabbard


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  • Michael_C_Scott

    OK; as a half-white “Chi-chi”, she looks like a Mexican.  Politically, that doesn’t matter.  The important question here is at age 31, just what are her qualifications?  Hawaii always sends us Democrats; that’s a given.  At least Senator Inoyue fought for the US, so he took his lumps.

    This is a PTA wife pretending to be a House member.

    Next case?

    • NYB

      She looks like nearly every Pakistani or Indian woman alive.  There’s very little variety in that brown-eyed, brown-haired pool.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        We don’t know what Mr. Gabbard looked like, even if he was her father.

      • Anonymous

        She is nevertheless pretty. A lot of blonde, blue-eyed women don’t look half as goods as her.

      • Allwyn Mayer

        She’s actually 1/4th American Samoan and 3/4th White. I guess you’ve never heard of Google or Wikipedia !! What are you ? A zulu tribesman from South Africa ?

    • Michael_C_Scott

      OK: a crackpot PTA wife pretending to be a House member.

  • nathan wartooth

    “Hawaii has been declared a Fox News Disaster Zone.” Cheap shot at FOX news that isn’t even accurate. 

    FOX news loves diversity and “people of color”. 

    People just make up stuff about FOX and republicans and call them racist. If only that were true, maybe I would actually watch it. 

  • NYB

    East Indians are determined to climb the minority immigrant heap and take positions of power and influence among whites.

    Like the fakirs of old who enchanted Victorian ladies, all Indians know they have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying to weave themselves into the white world.

    • JohnEngelman

      As long as they earn those achievements without affirmative action that is fine with me.

      • danlieb7

        Which they do and quite successfully. Indians outscore all other Asian groups in terms of wealth and education here in the United States.

        • JohnEngelman

          If they outscore other Asian groups they outscore white Gentiles too. Good for them. No country can have too many people with genius level IQs.

  • mrfinoni

    first of all japanese, chinese, koreans….etc…..are not asians….they are orientals.   i know the left are insistant that all asians must be the same but that is genetically and culturally simply not true.  the ruling castes in asia have always been caucasian whites and their descendants.  the  supposed offence at the word oriental is from the white liberals not the chinese, koreans…etc..etc..although they now act offended. of course coming from hawaii….she might be the female version of obama….but will the blacks vote for her? 

  • Tom

    This is what Indian aspire India to be in 2030

    • Tired

       That has to be a joke.

      Indians wish they had that sort of culture and civilization, but they know deep inside that they simply aren’t capable of it.

      Take a good look everyone, this is what non-whites crave. They don’t want to live with us, they want to dominate us.

      India is a disgusting third world wasteland, and they know it.

      • Sparmar

        India already has a civilization that is top tier, its history goes back thousands of years. The British set it back many years after it looted the country by occupying it for its own interests.  Its culture is second to none, with arguably the greatest monuments you will find anywhere around the world, india can achieve anything for future visions, it needs to adopt truly capitalistic principals to lift people out of poverty, it can have one of the biggest middle classes.  It puts countries like the United States to shame when it comes to culture, the United States is bland when it comes to culture.  Your ignorance makes me laugh though.

  • preparationHbomb

    I don’t have a problem with this at all.   I consider myself to be a Hindu/Catholic, and grateful for it.   The sacred writings of Hinduism have much to offer the West; the Gita is a beautiful piece of scripture.   Paramahansa Yogananda wrote a two volume work entitled The Second Coming of Christ, in which he shows that the sacred truths of both Christianity and Hinduism are one and the same.   I know this will annoy folks who are locked into the “my way or the highway” approach to religion.   But surely God is far too big (infinite!!) to be confined to any one type of religiosity!

    • Michael_C_Scott

      God, by definition can not be understood by mortals, which is why I consider myself an agnostic.  I don’t understand God.  Doy pretend to do so?

      • preparationHbomb

        Anyone who does is clearly misguided. I do, however, understand the path I must walk in order to EXPERIENCE the Divine within.

    • Bozo240

      Well said. Somewhere in the New Testament it states, ” The kingdom of heaven is within.” If so, guess where the king resides? This essential belief is expressed clearly in Hinduism as well, since all is the Supreme’s creation, none are excluded from being fundamentally divine — tho some don’t behave that way. The job is to drop our misunderstandings and be aware of our permanent oneness with Supreme. 

      • EndTimesComing

        Clearly you three have NO understanding of the Bible, of the One God, nor of Christ and who he was.  It’s okay, many so called evangelicals have departed far from wisdom and are ignorant of the Bible also.  Hinduism is a cult.  Satanic.  God spent a lot of time in the Bible defining himself.  Can we completely understand Him?  No.  But the one thing he made abundantly clear was that there was ONE God and one God only, Himself.  And that we were to worship none other but Him.  That was to be taken literally, not in some liberal apostate definition that if  there is only one God, then all Gods must be him.  Nope. Any other God is from Satan. And there are many.  To include the God of Islam.

        • Bozo240

          When asked by Moses, who he was, God replies, “I Am That I Am.”
          As stated in Genesis, mankind was created in the image of God, as a manifestation to develop and mature into understanding of its Godliness; call it Enlightenment.
          This is identical to the fundamental understanding and affirmation mantra, “I Am That I Am” of the Hindu, yogi, jnani. Sadhana is one term for their spiritual effort, journey, path to that realization.
          Mahatma Gandhi, Hindu, and Abdul Ghaffar Khan [The Frontier Gandhi], Muslim, were neither cultists nor satanists.
          Khan lived his life as he stated, “It is my inmost conviction that Islam is amal, yakeen, muhabat — selfless service, faith, and love.”
          Tho not all Muslims behave as did Khan, it is simply a measure of their conditioning and understanding of truth.
          How Christ-like is your attitude and behavior?

        • Persephone Grey

          If you are white, then Hinduism represents the last surviving uninterrupted religion of your ancestors. You should be ashamed of yourself, speaking of your people’s spiritual heritage in such a way. When you say “Bible”, you are clearly referencing the Semitic Old Testament, which is the materialistic alien creed of a primitive tribe of desert-dwelling nomads.

          I believe in Christ. I believe in his Father, the One God, who is NOT the same as the demonic God of the Hebrews, but is the God above all, the Light and Origin of all being. I believe Christ came to reveal to us the true Light and show us the way to freedom from the dominion of the “jealous God”, his mental and spiritual tyranny and the darkness of ignorance that makes us his docile slaves. I also believe in the ancestral gods of my people, who have watched over us, guided us and actively participated in our evolution towards glorification and godhood (what Orthodox Christians call “theosis”).

          The worst mistake ever made in the history of religion was identifying Christ’s Heavenly Father with the Hebrew God of the Old Testament. But isn’t that just a perfect example of how evil likes to work?

        • preparationHbomb

          That is laughable. I’ve got TWO Rev.’s in front of my name, and a Ph.D after it, so to say I have no Biblical understanding is silly. Your response is typical of people who are capable of seeing the surface of Scriptural words only, and cannot delve beneath into the symbology where the real truth resides.

        • danlieb7

          Hah, you sound like an Evangelical Bible thumping nut. Hinduism and “satanic”? Seriously, you have got to be kidding me!

      • preparationHbomb

        Equally well said, Bozo. Namaste! (I behold and honor the divinity within you).

  • Bobby

    I think the Bhagavad Gita is an interesting book,etc. , but having said that, we can now also say about the above story that, ANY RESEMBLANCE TO THE FORMER UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, is purely coincidental.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    “I was born a snake handler and I’ll die a snake handler” – Moe Syzlak (The Simpsons). So in the wonderful world of political correctness, would a real snake handler who is elected to office have the opportunity to choose between a python and a boa constrictor?

    All kidding aside, I wonder if she will be less of a danger to the US than Keith Ellison (Muslim – Minnesota) and Andre Carson (Muslim – Indiana).

    • convairXF92

       Not sure about pythons vs. boa constrictors–I think the Appalachian snake handlers handle rattlers, which most likely would be in violation of some safety regulation–but I know people who, if being sworn into office, would really appreciate having a choice between swearing on Atlas Shrugged or on a full score of Beethoven’s Ninth. 

  • IstvanIN

    The Constitution should have limited citizenship to Christians only.  This is a disgrace.  She is a heathen.  She is not an American in a real sense of the word.  We should keep one small island for a military/naval base and set the rest of Hawaii free.

    • NYB

      Druids and Pagans would argue that Christianity is a Middle Eastern religion, not indigenous to whites.    The constitution should be about racial preservation, not creed.

      • IstvanIN

        Christianity is one of the pillars of western civilization, a pillar that is eroding.  Druids and Pagans are insignificant minorities.  I wouldn’t harm them in any way but certainly wouldn’t elevate them to the level of Christians.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          I wouldn’t reduce Pagans or Druids to that level.  Anyone who thinks an all-powerful Supreme Being who created the universe and everything in it would waste a Commandment telling us not to pray to graven images just isn’t being honest with himself.

          • IstvanIN

             You are right in so far as you go, but the fact remains that after the collapse of Rome it was Christianity that was the religion of the west during the Renaissance, the age of conquest, and the industrial revolution.  I stand by my opening comment which was removed, although I have no idea why.  I’ll rephrase more delicately: universal suffrage is a huge mistake and having virtually no standards for who may run for elected office.

          • Bozo240

            I agree. Fools, traitors, felons, those accepting welfare [elderly impoverished, mentally handicapped, able-bodied work-refuseniks, freckled ‘whites’, … should be excluded.
            Let’s set the IQ, DNA, income and wealth, and quantitative appearance standards now. How do we select those who will set the standards and how do we judge their accuracy and pertinence as meeting the Declaration of Independence standard?

          • Michael_C_Scott

            Watch what you say about felons, pretty please?

          • EndTimesComing

            YES he would.  “Waste” time telling us not to worship graven images.  For the simple reason that anything MAN can make with his hands should not be worshipped.  God is Spirit.  Not some merely different pagan human like supreme being.  God created man, man cannot create God, and making graven images is the created (man) making something with his hands and then worshipping it.  I really wish people who post here claiming to know anything about Christianity and the Bible actually KNEW something about Christianity and the Bible.  

          • Persephone Grey

            This is a common misunderstanding about “idols.” The Hebrews, primitive as they were, had very little spiritual sophistication and reduced everything to the most crass and materialistic level. The fact is, no pagan religion actually worships idols. They worship the eternal spirit *through* the idol, which simply acts as a focal point for the adoration of God. This was obviously too subtle a distinction for the hyper-materialistic Hebrews to grasp, and it appears it is also too subtle for those who have been mentally colonized by the influence of Hebrew scriptures.

          • Exoplanet Finder

            Christ is the white god, and Christianity is the religion of the European race. When the defenders of the faith look into the sky and see Sobieski’s shield, also known as the constellation Scutum, for what it is, why it is, and what it means, God help the progeny of the desert madman. They thought George Bush was a Crusader? He was bringing Brave New World to the Middle East, and very poorly and blindly. The Western Spirit is in large part Christian Spirit, superseded by Enlightenment universalism. But that universalism is a false one in a world in which universalism is not possible, hence the idiocy of mass immigration and democratic imperialism. The Crusaders of today are those who will repel the largest invasion of Christendom of all time, and though you may not believe, having them on our side will be for our own good.

      • Bozo240

        Thank you for rejecting the intent of the Constitution as stated in its Preamble, and for rejecting the Constitution’s rationale as stated in our Declaration of Independence.
        Thank you for repromoting Hitler’s racial/racist rantings.

        • NYB

          White racial preservation is what we’re here for.

          The architects of the Constitution were speaking about whites.  They had no notion of jumbo jets flying in brown people from south Asia, or any inkling that there would someday be unwanted colonization from far off East India. 

          If it crossed their minds at all, they probably would have thought their descendants would be wise enough to legislate against it.

          Hitler references win the Godwin’s Law prize.

          • Bozo240

            Well, the Declaration of Independence clearly states, “that all men are created equal…” with the same unalienable rights. They were not unaware of the existence of Africans and women and Asians.

            Without the DoI and the Preamble to the Constitution it’s easier to go astray.
            What quarrel do you have with non-white legal immigrants who value and support our founding principles? Would you exclude them from serving in our armed forces, police, EMS, and as doctors, nurses, teachers?

          • Persephone Grey

            The Declaration of Independence was not written by God. The Founding Fathers were men, and they were caught up in the youthful, optimistic spirit of a new age. They had embraced the liberal values of the French Enlightenment and were thus, unfortunately, laboring under a number of naive misapprehensions pertaining to human nature and the limits of its mutability. They had had limited exposure to non-European men, especially black men, and therefore wrongly assumed that their experiences with other European ethnicities could be legitimately applied to men of all races. By the time of the Civil War, however, direct experience of blacks had caused Abraham Lincoln to completely reject the idea that blacks could ever integrate and coexist as equals in white society, which is why he intended to repatriate them to Africa after emancipation.

      • JohnEngelman

        I have read the United Constitution quite a few times. there is no mention of racial preservation.

        • Persephone Grey

          They didn’t need to worry about it at that point. If you could go back and show the authors of the constitution that the country they founded would one day end up like this, who knows what they’d have ended up putting in it? Many of them left personal documents revealing their concerns about the future of this nation; most of them had received a classical education, and their words show that at least some had a very clear understanding of the causes of national decline and social disintegration. The sad thing is that they did foresee all these things, and gave voice to their misgivings and warnings, yet every one of their fears has come to pass in our day.

        • David Ashton

          Why should there be?
          Now read e.g. Nathaniel Weyl & William Marina, “American Statesmen: Slavery and the Negro” (NY Arlington House, 1971).

          • JohnEngelman

            If you have read it, tell me what’s in it.

  • David Ashton

      A little bad news is a big good warning.
      Anyway no risk of the Presidential Oath on the Book of Mormon.

  • dhs

    What difference does it make what she takes her oath on? What matters is how she will vote, and her other legislative activities.  From her record, she has some commitment to environmental protection, if it does not interfere with her dedication to the liberal and feminist agendas,

  • Tim_in_Indiana

     the first ever Asian-American woman elected to the Senate, they also elected Democrat Tulsi Gabbard as the first ever practicing Hindu  

    The “first this” and the “first that,” but you’ll notice the MSM, which apparently loves “firsts,” missed a very important one recently…the first US presidential election in which the majority of white voters did not get the candidate they wanted, thanks to the overwhelming numbers of nonwhites now in the US. Funny how the MSM missed that one. I wonder why…?

    • Bozo240

      Don’t blame the nonwhites for Romney’s loss in Wisconsin, Ohio and other “Rust Belt” states. Blame the apathetic white voters who turned out in far fewer numbers for Romney than they did for McCain. Romney got about 2 million fewer votes than McCain!
      The white voters represent about 67% of the voting population; blame the culture of dependency that’s been taught by word in our schools, and by deed by politicians who buy votes by bribing sluggards with unearned benefits — at the expense of the producing  taxpayers.

  • Michael_shishak

    All I can say about Tulsi Gabbard’s election is this:

    “Hoi, Ladki-ji, SAAANAAAMM!  DIL SE!”

  • Exoplanet Finder

    “The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand” used to mean something positive. Now, we are told there is a new kingdom to look forward to, one ‘at hand’ now that BHO has a second term. This woman perfectly represents the men– sorry, one of the ‘President’s People’. Is there a Black-Hindu-Arab-Jewish-Hispanic-White Liberal-Asian conspiracy against the white male? Why, yes there is. But now we know about it.

  • faf

    I think the Bhagavad Gita is a very insightful book with much wisdom. Something has been around long before the Bible.

  • Canis Lupus

    “…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.”

    All of this is due to her merit and not the fact she has uterus, the proper amount of melanin and lack of european traits.

    • Bozo240

      Yes, the content and quality of her character.

  • She’s what was once called an “Anglo Indian” I heard they had a very bad time in India after the Brits left in 1947.

    • Allwyn Mayer

      She’s 3/4th Caucasian and 1/4th American Samoan. She has no connection to India other than her religion. You’re embarassing yourself by not googling people before you talk about them in public !

  • Indians are actually Aryan.

    • Xanthippe2

      “Indians are actually Aryan.”  More like, they used to be.

      Miscegenation counts. And India is a pretty good example of an unsuccessful multicultural
      country.  There is a certain segment of intelligent, moral, culturally homogenous Indians.  But what can they do with so many scrabbling religious, language, regional, and caste groups?

  • David Ashton

    I am not religious but I do have some knowledge of what used to be called “comparative religion” and it is quite ridiculous to assert that “Hinduism” = Christianity. Taking the oath on the Laws of Manu might be more fun, e.g. “A Brahmana who takes a Sudra wife to bed will after death sink into Hell, and if he begets a child by her, he will lose the rank of Brahmana.”