Tulsi Gabbard is a Democrat representing Hawaii’s 2nd District in the US House of Representatives. She is also a Major in the Army National Guard and a recently declared presidential candidate.
She is also a Hindu.
In response to criticisms regarding her religion and her political aspirations, Gabbard wrote a strongly worded rebuttal published at Religion News Service saying “religious bigotry is un-American” [emphasis added]:
While the headlines covering my announcement could have celebrated this historic first [a Hindu presidential candidate], and maybe even informed Americans about the world’s third largest religion, some have instead fomented suspicion, fear and religious bigotry about not only me but also my supporters…
Some media outlets have chosen to craft a false narrative of intrigue by profiling and targeting all of my donors who have names of Hindu origin and accusing them of being “Hindu nationalists.”
Today it’s the profiling and targeting of Hindu Americans and ascribing to them motives without any basis. Tomorrow will it be Muslim or Jewish Americans? Japanese, Hispanic or African Americans?
While Gabbard is right to protest Read more
Newly commissioned 2LT Kanwar Singh has become the most recent US Army officer to wear a turban and beard, the articles of his Sikh faith: Read more
After all the stories about “firsts” with regard to female and African-American chaplains, the Georgia Army National Guard had its own first, with a chaplain who was a first in his faith:
[Paul] McCabe became the first Episcopal Chaplain the history of the Georgia Army National Guard.
On one hand, this seems Read more
The Kansas Army National Guard recently commissioned Chaplain (1Lt) Jamilah Moss into its ranks — and they really want you to know she’s a woman [emphasis added]:
The Kansas Army National Guard welcomed a new chaplain – one who is unlike any other – into its Chaplain Corps…
Chaplain (1st Lt.) Jamilah Moss is the first female chaplain in the Kansas Army National Guard…
“There’s an incredible importance in having female chaplains,” said Read more
Mohamed Jalloh quit the Army National Guard after listening to lectures by Anwar al-Awlaki — and then plotted a “Fort Hood-style” attack against his former comrades:
Cotton Puryear, a spokesman for the Virginia Army National Guard, said Jalloh served as a specialist from 2009 until 2015, when he was honorably discharged…
In April, Jalloh told the informant he had been thinking about carrying out a Fort Hood-style attack. Asked to explain, Jalloh said, “Nidal Hasan type of things. That’s the kind of stuff I started thinking,” according to the affidavit…
Later in April, Jalloh told the informant that Read more
Wisconsin Army National Guard state command chaplain, Chaplain (Col) Douglas Fleischfresser, recently welcomed 1LT Christopher Mohr to the Guard as Wisconsin’s first (and only) Buddhist chaplain.
“I think it speaks for where we’re going in diversity and the need to have a diverse viewpoint in spirituality,” said Fleischfresser…
During his first two-weeks Read more
The head of the South Carolina Army National Guard Chaplain corps transferred from Chaplain (Col) Steven Shugart to Chaplain (Col) Lawrence Dennis is a traditional “changing of the stole” ceremony:
The stole signifies the faithful execution of the spiritual mission of the Chaplain Corps…
Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr., the adjutant general for South Carolina…called Shugart a “warrior’s chaplain.”
Both the outgoing and incoming lead State Chaplains had Read more