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As FBI Nabs Alleged Tulsi Gabbard Stalker, Chris Butler Cult Returns to Media Spotlight
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Horrifying Threats Against Congresswoman Tied To Obscure Hare Krishna Sect

The Drudge Report has linked to this Talking Points Memo August 30, 2013 Story

Here is an excerpt:

...After weeks of texting Gabbard, Sherbow allegedly showed up to a city council meeting where Gabbard was in attendance. Police spoke to him at the meeting, which Gabbard said caused him to send her an angry text message. Sherbow was arrested March 4, 2011 and charged with harassment.

Sherbow told the Hawaii Reporter he initially approached Gabbard because he “was born into the same obscure Western-Hindu tradition as Tulsi, the Hare Krishna Movement, also known as the Brahma Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya.”

“Because of this last connection, I think she is counting on me not hurting her. And she is right to count on it, because it is in fact very difficult for me to hurt her. However, we all have our limits, and I have reached mine,” Sherbow wrote. “At this point, if you stuck Tulsi’s head in front of me, I’d have it off in two seconds flat.”

Gabbard’s parents reportedly have extensive ties to a splinter Hare Krishna sect led by a guru named Chris Butler. This Hawaii-based group, which has variously been known as the Hare Name Society, Identity Institute and the Science of Identity Foundation has sparked controversy over the years and is is sometimes described as a cult. The links between Gabbard’s family and Butler’s sect were detailed in a 2004 Honolulu Magazine profile of the congresswoman’s father, Mike Gabbard, who is a member of the Hawaii state Senate and former councilman and who fought efforts to legalize gay marriage in Hawaii.

In forums on the website Topix.com, a user identified as Aniruddha Sherbow described being accused of threatening Gabbard in a series of messages dated July 2012. In one of those postings, Sherbow also discussed his relationship to Butler’s group.

“I was born into ISKCON,” wrote Sherbow, referring to the International Society for Krishna Consiciousness, which is the group Butler was initially affiliated with. “Don’t have much to do with it anymore though.”

The nature of Tulsi Gabbard’s ties to Butler’s group are less clear. In its profile of the congresswoman’s father, Honolulu Magazine noted he described himself as Catholic. When Honolulu Magazine asked the elder Gabbard about his ties to Butler’s Hare Krishna sect, the publication said it received a reply from Tulsi Gabbard accusing them of pursuing the story because they opposed her father’s work fighting same-sex marriage.

“I smell a skunk,” Tulsi Gabbard wrote, according to the magazine. “It’s clear to me that you’re acting as a conduit for The Honolulu Weekly and other homosexual extremist supporters of Ed Case.”

read ... TPM

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