“No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” — The US Constitution
Once people realize that Tulsi is neither an Assadist nor a Putin-lover, and once they’ve overcome their Hinduphobia, there’s usually one more thing that they still want to rail against Tulsi over: “Anti-gay” religious beliefs that she expressed when she was a LOT younger. A video of her when she just 15-years-old (back when most of America was against gay marriage) has served as particularly inflammatory.
Tulsi has apologized for her younger comments and says her views have changed. But whether she does or doesn’t still believe (as a lot of Christians and Muslims do) that homosexuality is a sin, is really not any of our business. What matters, is that she believes in the separation of church and state, and her voting record proves that she does.
She has been a strong advocate for LGBT rights, and even helped overturn the Defense of Marriage Act that Clinton enacted, and that she herself once rallied for when she was younger.
People present Tulsi’s history as if it’s new news… as if it is some hidden dirty secret that they’ve uncovered. But the truth is that Tulsi was very open about her history when she first ran for congress. A large part of her platform included a heartfelt apology to the LGBT community, and a promise to correct the injustices of intolerance that she once engaged in. She recognized she was once part of the problem, and she asked her community to elect her to make things right, and be part of the solution. She kept, and continues to keep her promise. Her path of redemption has included setting the nation upon its own path of redemption… and I applaud her for it.
I personally don’t think she still thinks homosexuality is a sin… but if she does, she has proven herself capable of religious tolerance… which would make her a lot more liberal than so-called progressives, who are growing more authoritarian every day. And that is what is happening here. Progressives are beginning to define a group morality, with zero tolerance for deviation. They are turning into monsters, not unlike those they claim to fight. They who would condemn Tulsi’s religious beliefs as a disqualifier for office are the real bigots.
“But… her religious views are too extreme to tolerate!” You know what’s super interesting? Not only is this unconstitutional, but it is as well exactly the sort of “progressive” thinking used to justify dictatorships in the Middle East. You know… the kind y’all keep saying, all the live long day, that we need to topple? Is that really what y’all want for our nation? I certainly hope not. It’s a free country. Let’s keep it that way, shall we?