Tulsi Gabbard on Religious Freedom

Key Points

  • Tulsi believes that freedom of religion is an essential right for all; every individual should have to the right to follow the spiritual path of their choice or to follow no religion at all

  • Tulsi has spoken strongly against the targeting of nominees and candidates for public office as well as everyday Americans on the basis of religion.

  • Respecting the religious beliefs of others embodies the essence of Aloha

  • As a veteran who has vigorously fought for religious freedom and tolerance, Tulsi has taken a strong stand against anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, anti-Hindu, anti-Catholic, and other forms of hate in all its ugly forms.

  • As the first and only serving Hindu Member of Congress, Tulsi has worked actively to promote diversity, equality, and pluralism

  • As a champion of religious freedom, Tulsi’s fight for religious tolerance and secularism has been recognized throughout both secular and religious communities

  • Anti-Semitism: The majority of religion-based hate crimes in America are anti-Semitic according to recent FBI hate crime statistics. Anti-semitism and religious bigotry continue to be a problem in many parts of the world. Tulsi stands firmly against anti-Semitism and has condemned anti-Semitic violence in the strongest possible terms.

  • Hinduphobia: Despite Hinduism being the third largest religion in the world, Tulsi is one of millions of Hindus who have been targeted by discrimination and hate speech specifically for her personal religious beliefs

  • Islamophobia: Tulsi has repeatedly fought against Islamophobia and has condemned violence, hatred and bigotry towards those of Muslim faith

  • “At a time of growing divisiveness in America, where too many are “other-izing” those who may look different, worship different, or hold different political views, it is more important than ever to live aloha, to love and treat all others with respect, to be inclusive rather than exclusive. The divisiveness that threatens the fabric of our nation, whether due to race, religion, political ideology, gender, sexual orientation, or other, must end." https://medium.com/@TulsiGabbard/my-spiritual-journey-3762df64ee51

Tulsi’s Statements/Video


  • Co-sponsor of H.Res. 40 condemning and censuring Representative Steve King of Iowa for his comments legitimizing White supremacy and White nationalism as acceptable in today’s society

  • Supported the addition of anti-Sikh, anti-Hindu and anti-Arab to the FBI’s Hate Crime Statistics Act

  • H. Res 569 Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States

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