She could always ask Fudrucker to place her on our school board

Samarpana Tamm's first revision to GHS Mastery Test

Samarpana Tamm’s first revision to GHS Mastery Test

Democrat congresswoman Tulsi “Samarpana” Gabbard, a woman described by Nancy Pelosi as “a rising star, who has devoted her life to public service”, now tied to obscure Hare Krishna sect. Those lovable, whacky Democrats are sure something, aren’t they? Bless their hearts.

Gabbard’s parents reportedly have extensive ties to a splinter Hare Krishna sect led by a guru named Chris Butler. This Hawaii-based group, which has variously been known as the Hare Name Society, Identity Institute and the Science of Identity Foundation has sparked controversy over the years and is is sometimes described as a cult. The links between Gabbard’s family and Butler’s sect were detailed in a 2004 Honolulu Magazine profile of the congresswoman’s father, Mike Gabbard, who is a member of the Hawaii state Senate and former councilman and who fought efforts to legalize gay marriage in Hawaii.

The nature of Tulsi Gabbard’s ties to Butler’s group are less clear. In its profile of the congresswoman’s father, Honolulu Magazine noted he described himself as Catholic. When Honolulu Magazine asked the elder Gabbard about his ties to Butler’s Hare Krishna sect, the publication said it received a reply from Tulsi Gabbard accusing them of pursuing the story because they opposed her father’s work fighting same-sex marriage.

“I smell a skunk,” Tulsi Gabbard wrote, according to the magazine. “It’s clear to me that you’re acting as a conduit for The Honolulu Weekly and other homosexual extremist supporters of Ed Case.”

Hare Krishna is based on Hindu scriptures including the Bhagavad Gita. Gabbard describes herself as Hindu and, in January, she was sworn in on the Bhagavad Gita. Gabbard said she chose the book because it led her on a “spiritual journey.”

“I was raised in a multiracial, multicultural, multi-faith family. My mother is Hindu; my father is a Catholic lector in his church who also practices mantra meditation. I began to grapple with questions of spirituality as a teenager,” Gabbard said, according to the Huffington Post. “Over time, I came to believe that, at its essence, religion gives us a deeper purpose in life than just living for ourselves. Since I was a teenager, I embraced this spiritual journey through the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita.”

Gabbard’s spokeswoman, Heather Fluit, did not respond to a question from TPM Thursday about whether the congresswoman identifies as either a Hare Krishna or a follower of Butler.


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7 responses to “She could always ask Fudrucker to place her on our school board

  1. AJ

    Yeah man, spiritual journeys are cool:

  2. Anonymous

    Where are the good cults -that you can bang a lot of chicks- at?

    • I believe you’ll find those at Greenwich Democratic Headquarters

      • Parent

        This is getting old Chris!
        Blog about why everyone is talking about how a 15 year old was bullied for year’s and school administration and the BOE did nothing about it.

        • Anonymous

          What did the child’s parents do about it?

          • I’ve stayed away from the topic because (a) questions like yours are still unanswered, and especially because (b) there has never been a wise rule, regulation or law that’s been passed in the brief emotional period immediately proceeding a tragedy. 9/11 brought us Homeland Security and TSA airport screeners, Sandy Hook brought us, not only some ill-advised gun control laws but some truly bizarre tributaries like the ones that, to deter gun suicides punishes anyone contemplating suicide (gun owner or not) to be registered by the state and, for gun owners, have their entire gun collection confiscated, and be barred for life from ever owning a gun again. Discouraging people with suicidal thoughts from seeking treatment will prevent another Sandy Hook how?

            I’m not raising the gun issue to get into a discussion whether requiring that poor suicidal boy to choose between asking for help and having the police take away his father’s hunting weapons would have prevented his death, but rather to point out the absurdity of trying to address complicated issues in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy. You want a law? How about one forbidding any law from being taken up for consideration within 180 days of a horrific incident?

            Tragedies can, and should, spark examination, but taking the time for passions and emotions to cool a bit would help, not exacerbate the problem.

    • housecat

      Here’s one you might have some luck with, although most of them will probably look like the guy from the video clip. Just be sure to brush up on your tambourine skills before you go.