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US PARLIAMENTARIAN TULSI PROTESTS CNN’S INSENSITIVE AIRING OF GROSS MISREPRESENTATION OF HINDUISM

March 15, 2017 09:30 AM
Tulsi Gabbard

New York (Face2News)

Tulsi Gabbard, American politician and member of the Democratic Party who has been the United States Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district, has protested over CNN’s insensitive airing of gross misrepresentation of Hinduism in an episode.

She said today that while good people across the country were working hard to increase mutual understanding and respect between people of different religions, she was very disturbed that CNN was using its power and influence to increase people’s misunderstanding and fear of Hinduism.

Notably, the CNN on Sunday aired the first episode of a new series called “Believer” hosted by Reza Aslan. For this episode, Aslan apparently sought to find sensationalist and absurd ways to portray Hinduism. Aslan and CNN did not just throw a harsh light on a sect of wandering ascetics to create shocking visuals—as if touring a zoo—but repeated false stereotypes about caste, karma and reincarnation that Hindus have been combating tirelessly. CNN promotional materials and trailers that included a scene showing a group of Hindus under a caption, “CANNIBALS,” perpetuated bizarre and ugly impressions of Hindus and their religion.

Tulsi said “CNN knows well that sensational and even false reporting about religions only fosters ignorance that can lead to terrible consequences. Indeed, Hindus are still reeling after witnessing terrible hate crimes in the last few weeks alone. Our nation celebrates religious pluralism and diversity, and CNN must do more to foster greater respect for people of different religions.”She further said “It is my sincere hope that CNN and Aslan will engage with the Hindu community moving forward to resolve the pain and outrage that the “Believer” episode on Hinduism has engendered in the community. 

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