Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has been a refreshingly strong voice for secularism and free expression in the House of Representatives, having introduced the congressional resolution calling upon Bangladesh to confront the murder and persecution of religious minorities and the nonreligious running rampant in that country. We at the Center for Inquiry enthusiastically backed this resolution.
Rep. Gabbard is the only Hindu in Congress, and her concerns extend to all believers and nonbelievers alike. She was serious and grounded in her address to the Reason Rally, showing a firm resolve to resist the forces of sectarian division that plague so many parts of the world. I hope everyone appreciates fully what a good sign it is that the atheist community has this ally.
In her address, she highlighted the Bangladesh emergency, of murderous machete attacks ending the lives of secularists and religious minorities, those who follow the “wrong religion” or no religion at all.
She made the case that secularism and pluralism are the only means to protecting our rights to follow our own spiritual or non-spiritual paths. This embrace of those who are different, she called “the essence of aloha.”