Tulsi Gabbard, first Hindu in Congress, to take oath over the Bhagavad Gita
Marco Garcia, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Our take: Turns out the when you are the first Hindu elected to Congress, everything you will do will break new ground for that faith tradition in America. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat from Hawaii, was elected to Congress last week. Today, the story in the Huffington Post is that Gabbard will be the first member of Congress to be sworn in using the Hindu holy book Bhagavad Gita, instead of the Bible.
Last week, Democrat Tulsi Gabbard became the first Hindu-American to enter the U.S. House of Representatives after she soundly defeated Kawika Crowley of the Republican Party in Hawaii's second Congressional district.
The 31-year-old will be making history yet again when she takes her oath of office. According to The Hill, Gabbard, an Iraq war veteran, will be taking her oath over the Hindu holy scripture Bhagavad Gita, instead of the Bible.
Gabbard, whose first name refers to a tree sacred to Hindus, follows the Vaishnava branch of Hinduism. The Bhagavad Gita, a centuries-old Dharmic holy book that is part of the ancient epic Mahabharata, is her primary scripture.
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