For the first time ever, a Buddhist and Hindu were elected into the US government: Democrat Mazie Hirono beat former Gov. Linda Lingle, making Hirono the first Buddhist in the Senate. In Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, Democrat Tulsi Gabbard defeated opponent Kawika Crowley, making Gabbard the first Hindu in Congress.
Hirono and Gabbard will join an increasingly diverse Congress. The first Muslim to join the House or Senate, Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.), was first elected in 2006 and reelected for a fourth term on Tuesday. In 2008, Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) was the second Muslim elected to Congress. In 2008, Rep. Hark Johnson (Ga.), another Buddhist, also joined Congress, making history with him and Hirono the first Buddhists to be elected to Congress.
There were also several openly gay politicians elected into office and weed was legalized in two states (WA and CO).
I am sure there are some right-wing Christian folks out there that are absolutely appalled by the election results. I have seen some strong words used by pundits calling America soulless and heading in the wrong direction with this diversity. I think it is amazing! America is a diverse country built on the back bones of many cultures and faiths. All you have to do is visit one of our big cities like New York or Chicago and the diversity is as colorful as ever. This is America and it is really cool to see that we are getting people elected into office that reflect this diversity.
John C. Bader