So, why was Tulsi Gabbard praying at that Christian sermon? Why did Tulsi claim that she attended a “Missionary” school in the Philippines, a predominately Catholic country? Why did she change her cult name from “Tulasi” to Tulsi? Was it because she hoped that voters wouldn’t question her past and just assume she was a Catholic as claimed by her father, Mike Butler? There was never any mention in the press about her mother, Carol, being a Hindu, so it seemed a safe bet. My conclusion is that Tulsi would never have concocted her back-story about being a Hindu if it weren’t for the Internet “blazing” with reports of her alleged association with destructive cult leader Chris Butler.
It is my belief that prominent politicians in Hawaii have long been aware of Chris Butler, his political dirty work, and his role as puppeteer of the Gabbards. Yet, they did nothing to inform the voters or the press. As far as I know, they never even counseled Tulsi to tell the truth about her upbringing in a fringe cult of Hare Krishnas. Neil Abercrombie was more concerned about retaliating against her opponent, Mufi Hanneman, than using his influence to demand honesty in Tulsi’s campaign. Shame on you, Governor! And, shame on Senators Inouye and Akaka who both knew the truth and kept it secret from the voters. My research has revealed one politician who attempted to do the right thing for the voters of Hawaii, and that is former congressman Ed Case. Ed knew all about Mike Gabbard’s past and confronted him publicly. You can read about it below. As I’ve said before, Tulsi’s religion is no concern of mine. Her dishonesty is the issue.
]Open Letter to Mike Gabbard from Ed Case
Congressman Asks Challenger to Answer Basic Questions
By Ed Case, 7/22/2004 6:30:53 AMEditor's Note: This is the text of letter sent today, July 21, 2004, from Ed Case to Mike Gabbard. Hawaii Reporter hopes Mr. Gabbard, who has asked to be contacted only by email and have all questions sent in writing in advance, will send a reply so Hawaii Reporter can reprint that too. This letter has been forwarded to him with that request. Both Mr. Case, who represents the U.S. House for the second district of Hawaii and Mr. Gabbard, who currently is a Honolulu City Council member for District 1 on Oahu, are listed as candidates for Congress in 2004. Case is a Democrat; Gabbard is a Republican.
The candidate filing deadline has passed and you are asking over 600,000 of Hawaii's people to represent them in our nation's highest legislative body. I trust you agree that the voters of the Second District are entitled to know exactly who you are, where you come from, what you've done, why you believe you're qualified, and what you propose to do.
You have provided virtually no details on your background, experience, beliefs, qualifications, or accomplishments to date, nor on your positions and proposed actions. You have also declined to talk directly with the media, instead requiring that they e-mail you their questions.
Here are some questions that any voter would want answered and that arise from your campaign literature and other information. Please respond to me with your answers to all at your earliest opportunity.
• Where and when were you born?
• Who were your parents and where were they from?
• You've stated that your father was in the Air Force; what was his rank, and what were his postings and when?
• Your website implies that your father was a pilot; was he and, if so, what did he pilot?
• Where did you live growing up and when?
• What schools did you attend, what high school did you graduate from, and where and when?
• You've stated that you joined a Catholic seminary at 14; which one, where, and how long did you stay?
• You've stated that you had a surfing accident at 17; where?
• You've stated that you tried to enlist in the military in 1965; what branch and where?
• Since your graduation from high school, where have you lived, when, and what employment have you had during each period?
• During what years have you lived in Hawaii fulltime and where?
• How many children do you have?
• What are their names and ages?
• Where are they living and what are they doing?
• You've stated that you have a "BA in English from Sonoma State University”; what years were you enrolled there and when did you receive your degree?
• You've stated that you have an "MA in Community College Administration from Oregon State University"; what years were you enrolled there and when did you receive your degree?• OSU doesn't appear to offer an MA in "Community College Administration"; please confirm the degree you received.
• What other schools have you attended, and do you have any other educational qualifications?
Experience• You've stated that you have "devoted 20 years to education"; at which schools have you worked, during which years, and what were your job titles and responsibilities?
• You've stated that you're a "longtime educator/teacher"; at which schools have you worked, during which years, and what were your job titles and responsibilities?
• You've stated that you've "worked with young people as a teacher, guidance counselor, college administrator and coach"; at exactly which schools, during which years, and what were your job titles and responsibilities?
• You've stated that you were affiliated with the "Ponomauloa School" in Wahiawa; what type of school was that, what years was it in existence, and what were your responsibilities and in what years?
• You've stated that you "know the challenges of running your own business"; exactly what businesses have you owned or operated, where were they located, and what was your specific role with each and in what years?
• You've stated that you are a "small business advocate"; exactly when and in what ways?
• What other business or professional experience do you have?Religion
• You have implied that you are or have been a Catholic; are or were you, when, and what church if any do you currently attend?
• Are you or have you been a follower of the religion sometimes called Vaisnava or Vaishava, and have you worshiped or do you worship Lord Brahma or Lord Vishnu?
• Do you follow or have you followed the teachings of the Vedas?
• Are you or have you been a follower of Chris Butler, also referred to as Jagad Guru, Siddha Swarupa Ananda, or Siddhaswarupananda Paramahansa?
• What is or has been your relationship with any of the Science of Identity Foundation, Identity Institute International, the International Society for Khrishna Consciousness, or Down to Earth Inc.?
• What specific government experience did you have, and when, prior to your current service on the Honolulu City Council?
• Did you work for former State Senator Rick Reed?
• What do you regard as your five primary accomplishments during your year-and-a-half of service on the Honolulu City Council?
• You've stated that our "major challenges are improving education, protecting our environment, winning the war on terrorism, and strengthening our economy." What exactly have you done to address each such challenge during your service on the Council?
• You've cited the following as major issues: "a balanced budget; education; national security and the war on terrorism; affordable housing; war on drugs/ice; transportation infrastructure; environmental protection; Native Hawaiian concerns; health and senior care." What exactly have you done to address each such challenge during your service on the Council?
• You've stated that you have "worked statewide to help combat drugs"; exactly how and when?
Second District Experience
• During which years have you lived fulltime in the Second Congressional District and where?
• What specific actions do you cite as providing you with knowledge and experience with respect to the Second Congressional District?
• What specific awards or recognition have you received, from whom, and when, for your government, community or personal service?
• You've stated that our "major challenges are improving education, protecting our environment, winning the war on terrorism, and strengthening our economy." What exactly do you propose to do to address each such challenge?
• You've cited the following as major issues: "a balanced budget; education; national security and the war on terrorism; affordable housing; war on drugs/ice; transportation infrastructure; environmental protection; Native Hawaiian concerns; health and senior care." What exactly do you propose to do to address each such challenge?
• Exactly what else do you propose to do to represent the people of the Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives?
• What other details can or will you provide with respect to your qualifications to serve Hawaii's Second Congressional District in the U.S. House?