John Boehner – Tulsi Gabbard
Tulsi Gabbard – Gov. Abercrombie
Tulsi Gabbard, a disciple of Siddha Svarupa became the first Vaishnava to be elected to Congress in 2012. Tulsi will serve as the Democrat elected to the 2nd District of Hawaii in the House of Representatives. Ironically she refers to her faith as Hindu. Gabbard took inauguration on what is presumed to be an Original Bhagavad Gita As It Is by Srila Prabhupada.
Gabbard cites two verses of the Gita from chapter two Sankhya Yoga, as her favorites Verse 17, defines the soul as “that which pervades the entire body you should know to be indestructible. No one is able to destroy that imperishable soul.” In verse 23, Krishna further elaborates: “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.”
One should not jump to hasty conclusions concerning Gabbard. She claims to be a strict vegetarian. However she is Pro Abortion:
“I realized that whether or not I would choose to have an abortion ought to have no bearing on another woman’s ability to do the same. And the government has absolutely no business telling either of of us what we could do in that intensely personal situation.”
Gabbard is also a supporter of Same Sex Marriage supporting the line chosen by President Barack Obama on May 12, 2012 during her campaign:
I congratulate the President for taking a strong stand on marriage equality for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation. I understand his journey, and stand with him on this issue. This is why in Congress I will work for the repeal of DOMA and support and co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act.
During my deployment to the Middle East with the Hawai’i National Guard in 2004 I realized that I could not, in good conscience, fight for liberty and freedom overseas while advocating something less than that here at home. That was an important decision for me and, in that context, I fully recognize the significance of the president’s announcement today. Protecting the civil rights of all Americans is an obligation we must strive to fulfill. It’s critical that we support President Obama and stand with him now more than ever so our progress on these issues cannot be overturned by extremist Republican presidents and Members of Congress.
Mufi Hannemann has past used Obama’s previous position to validate his own opposition to marriage equality and equal rights for all Americans regardless of sexual orientation. My position remains firmly that same-sex couples should be afforded all benefits, privileges, and rights that the government grants to heterosexual couples. I call on Mufi Hannemann to state clearly his position, and to state whether or not he will support the marriage equality act and work to repeal DOMA to ensure equal treatment under the law for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation.
It is also interesting to note that Gabbard will be taking the House seat of Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono, a Buddhist who beat former Gov. Linda Lingle (R) in the Senate race. Hirono is now the first Buddhist in the U.S. Senate.
Ami Bera, became the second so-called Hindu to be elected to Congress by winning California’s 7th Congressional District. Bera’s victory against Republican incumbent Dan Lungren was not decided until Nov. 15, 2012.
A Pew Forum analysis concluded that the 530 seats in the 113th Congress will represent 299 Protestants, 161 Catholics, 32 Jews and 15 Mormons.