All Americans, both elected officials and ordinary citizens, ‘must stand together’ to ‘call out and reject religious bigotry no matter where it comes from,’ said US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii.
We must ‘fight to protect the freedoms and principles that bind us together as Americans,’ she said in an 8th January op-ed for The Hill.
‘Whether we think of ourselves as Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Sikh, Buddhists, Jews, atheists, agnostics, or anything else,’ she said, ‘it is imperative that we stand united in our commitment to protect religious freedom and the right to worship or not worship, safely and without the fear of retribution.’
Gabbard, who is Hindu, said that ‘for too long in our country, politicians have weaponised religion for their own selfish gain, fomenting bigotry, fears and suspicions based on the faith, religion or spiritual practices of their political opponents.’
In the op-ed, she said she objected to the treatment of Brian Buescher, a Catholic nominated for a judgeship for the US District Court for the District of Nebraska.
During his 28th November confirmation hearing, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, expressed concern about Buescher being a member of the Knights of Columbus because of the organisation’s opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.
Picture: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, is seen at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in this 2016 file photo. (CNS photo/Mike Segar, Reuters).