Washington(WA): In a sign of the growing political prominence of Hindus in America, the Trump & Biden campaigns are wooing this small religious minority society like never before.
Hinduism is the 4th highest faith within the US, representing approximately 1 percent of the US public in 2016.
Awhile the Trump campaign assures that re-electing President Donald Trump going to lessen obstacles to religious freedoms for Hindus in America, the rival Biden campaign on Tue. stated previous vice president Joe Biden has made outreach to the Hindu faith society a priority.
First time in an American presidential election, the Trump Campaign on Aug 14 declared the formation of the Hindu Voices for Trump.
2 days thereafter, prominent Hindu leader Neelima Gonuguntla attended in an interfaith service to kick off the Democratic Domestic Convention, that the Biden campaign stated has been the other sign of the growing political prominence of Hindus in America.
The information of the new coalition of the Trump Campaign to woo the Hindu-American society within the US is awaited to be declared during this Republican Domestic Convention next week.
Hindus for Trump honors contributions by millions of Americans of Hindu faith, stated the campaign that took a lead in front of the Biden campaign.
The inclusive economy, dedication to apartment up US-Indian relations, & fierce help for religious liberties for everyone is unmatched. Re-electing President Trump going to lessen obstacles to religious freedoms for Hindus in America, asserted the Trump campaign.
Biden, who on Tue. has been officially nominated as the Democratic presidential nominee, has made outreach to the Hindu faith society a priority, South Asians for Biden, a political platform, stated.
Over the weekend, the Biden campaign declared the platform for Indian-Americans, that addresses multiple key issues of the Hindu society.
Notably, Biden proposes stiffening penalties for hate crimes dedicated in homes of worship, like temples, & rising the security grants available to such homes of worship. He’s also promised to make the prosecution of hate crimes a priority for his own Dept. of Justice, the campaign stated.
Rised accessibility to the security grants & prioritising the prosecution of hate crimes is crucial for our Hindu society, stated Niki Shah, a Hindu society organizer who performed closely on Hindu initiatives for previous president Barack Obama’s faith-based council.
It has been important to have a representative from that Hindu society because we wanted this interfaith service to reflect our country’s religious diversity, stated Josh Dickson, Domestic Faith Engagement Director in Biden for President, clarifying inviting Gonuguntla to attend within the interfaith service.
Gonuguntla, who serves as a board member of the Chinmaya Mission Dallas Fort Value, revealed verses from sacred Hindu texts, involving the Vedas & the Mahabharata.
The participation of a Hindu-American taken on added further significance, given that Senator Kamala Harris, who’s Vice President Biden’s racing mate, grew up in a home that has been both Hindu & Christian, South Asians for Biden stated.
Biden has shown key insight into the problems affecting the Hindu society, it stated.
For example, he just recently assured to streamline the processing of religious worker visas, that are relied upon by Hindu swamis & different religious scholars who check the United States for religious events. He’s also assured to build an administration that reflects America’s diversity, involving using the inclusion of Hindus.
The Biden campaign already relies on the contributions of Hindus, who service in multiple key characters, South Asians for Biden stated.
Within the Nov three election, Democratic presidential candidate Biden & his own Indian-American racing mate Harris going to challenge current Republican President Trump & Vice President Mike Pence.