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Hawaii a leader in religious harmony

By Saleem Ahmed

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 06, 2013

~~<p>The election of Tulsi Gabbard, a practicing Hindu, to Congress underscores Hawaii&rsquo;s openness to religious diversity. And with Hindus making up less than 0.5 percent of Hawaii&rsquo;s registered voters, the broad-minded and all-embracing nature of the local citizenry reaches the stars.</p>
<p>Hawaii&rsquo;s congressional delegation now is 50 percent Buddhist (Mazie Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa), 25 percent Jewish (Brian Schatz) and 25 percent Hindu. The rest of Congress is about 87 percent Protestant and Catholic and 7 percent Jewish, with a spattering of followers of other Christian denominations, three Buddhists and two Muslims, according to the Pew Foundation.</p>
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The election of Tulsi Gabbard, a practicing Hindu, to Congress underscores Hawaii’s openness to religious diversity. And with Hindus making up less than 0.5 percent of Hawaii’s registered voters, the broad-minded and all-embracing nature of the local citizenry reaches the stars.

Hawaii’s congressional delegation now is 50 percent Buddhist (Mazie Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa), 25 percent Jewish (Brian Schatz) and 25 percent Hindu. The rest of Congress is about 87 percent Protestant and Catholic and 7 percent Jewish, with a spattering of followers of other Christian denominations, three Buddhists and two Muslims, according to the Pew Foundation. Login for more...



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