Hindu Education Foundation USA (HEF) expresses serious concern over the attacks on Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard targeting her Hindu faith.
Angela Kaaihue, the GOP challenger to Tulsi Gabbard for the Congressional district of Hawaii, had, in statements issued last week, said that Gabbard, who is the first Hindu member of Congress and another former Congresswoman who practices Buddhism “worship the devil” calling Gabbard a “pathetic Hindu 1000 GODS leader” referring to the many gods worshiped within Hinduism. Kaaihue had also shared a Facebook post suggesting that “a vote for Tulsi Gabbard is a vote for Satan”. The post has since been deleted.
HEF condemns the attacks on Congresswoman Gabbard which serve as a clear instance of Hinduphobia. “Attacks on Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, especially on her Hindu faith, are a reflection of religious prejudices that originate from an impoverished view of a religion and culture that is practiced by nearly one-sixth of the world’s population” said Sandeep Dedage, Director Hindu Education Foundation USA (HEF). “Hinduism’s inherent pluralism allows multiple ways of seeking the divine which is reflected in its multitude of paths and deities. It is indeed sad that such wonderful ideas are seen with contempt and hostility” he added.
“Ignorance and bias go hand in hand. Hence there is an urgent need to create awareness about Hindu culture that can serve in preventing such biases”.
HEF also welcomes the statement by Fritz Rohlfing, chairman of Hawaii Republican Party distancing himself and his party from “racially-bigoted and religiously-intolerant descriptions” that are “offensive, shameful, and unacceptable in public discourse.”