[January 17, 2019] Last week, Hawaii Democrat Representative Tulsi Gabbard, penned an op-ed in which she warned: “Elected leaders who weaponize religion are playing a dangerous game.”1 She is showing moral courage because her statements run counter to the anti-religious ideology of the American Democrat Party.
“While I absolutely believe in the separation of church and state as a necessity to the health of our nation, no American should be asked to renounce his or her faith or membership in a faith-based, service organization in order to hold public office.”
To speak out in opposition to those around you is difficult. In politics, there are always negative consequences in doing so. That is why I call upon everyone across the political spectrum to acknowledge the truth in what Gabbard says and support this type of thinking.
“Elected leaders engaging in religion-baiting are playing with fire. They are sacrificing the well-being, peace and harmony of our country to satisfy their own political ambitions for partisan political interests.”
Representative Gabbard tells it like she sees it and also names names. Specifically, Gabbard wrote that U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (a California Democrat) regarding her comment to 7th U.S. Circuit Judge (then-nominee) Amy Coney Barrett. The honorable Barrett was questioned extensively and irresponsibly over her mainstream Catholic faith and membership with the Knights of Columbus.
Perhaps the values demonstrated by U.S. Army Major Tulsi Gabbard are a reflection of her military service in the U.S. National Guard. Of the seven Army Values, personal courage is one that she has demonstrated for us to see. That is what real leadership is about for us to see.