SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION No. 104

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

221st LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED MAY 9, 2024

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  VIN GOPAL

District 11 (Monmouth)

Senator  RAJ MUKHERJI

District 32 (Hudson)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senator Beach

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Condemns Hinduphobia and anti-Hindu bigotry and intolerance.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


A Concurrent Resolution condemning Hinduphobia and anti-Hindu bigotry and intolerance.

 

Whereas, Hinduism is one of the world’s largest and oldest religions with over 1.2 billion adherents in over 100 countries and which encompasses an array of diverse traditions and belief systems with values of acceptance, mutual respect, and peace; and

Whereas, The United States has always been a beacon of hope, progress, and innovation, attracting people from around the world to create and live a better and fulfilling life, and has welcomed more than four million Hindus from all corners of the world and given them better opportunities and the freedom to practice Hinduism, also known as "Sanatana Dharma"; and

Whereas, The American Hindu community has been a major contributor to diverse sectors such as medicine, science and engineering, information technology, hospitality, finance, academia, manufacturing, energy, retail trade, and much more; and

Whereas, Hindu contributions of Yoga, Ayurveda, meditation, food, music, arts, and more have enriched the cultural fabric and have been widely adopted in American society and enriched the lives of millions; and

Whereas, Hinduphobia, as described by the Understanding Hinduphobia Initiative, is "a set of antagonistic, destructive, and derogatory attitudes and behaviors towards Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) and Hindus that may manifest as prejudice, fear, or hatred"; and

Whereas, There have been documented instances of hate crimes against Hindu Americans over the last few decades in many parts of the country; now, therefore,

 

     Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of New Jersey (the General Assembly concurring):

 

     1.    The State of New Jersey condemns Hinduphobia, anti-Hindu bigotry and intolerance, and declares the State of New Jersey as a place that welcomes the diversity brought by Hindu Americans.

 

     2.    Copies of this resolution, as filed with the Secretary of State, shall be transmitted by the Clerk of the General Assembly or the Secretary of the Senate to the Governor of the State of New Jersey, every member of Congress elected from this State, and to the Hindu American Foundation in Washington, DC.

 

STATEMENT

 

     This resolution condemns Hinduphobia, anti-Hindu bigotry and intolerance, and declares the State of New Jersey as a place that welcomes the diversity brought by Hindu Americans.

     This resolution recognizes that Hinduism is one of the world’s largest and oldest religions with over 1.2 billion adherents in over 100 countries and which encompasses an array of diverse traditions and belief systems with values of acceptance, mutual respect, and peace.

     The United States has always been a beacon of hope, progress, and innovation, attracting people from around the world to create and live a better and fulfilling life, and has welcomed more than four million Hindus from all corners of the world and given them better opportunities and the freedom to practice Hinduism, also known as "Sanatana Dharma”.

     The American Hindu community has been a major contributor to diverse sectors such as medicine, science and engineering, information technology, hospitality, finance, academia, manufacturing, energy, retail trade, and so much more.

     Hindu contributions of Yoga, Ayurveda, meditation, food, music, arts, and more have enriched the cultural fabric and have been widely adopted in American society and enriched the lives of millions.

     Hinduphobia, as described by the Understanding Hinduphobia Initiative, is "a set of antagonistic, destructive, and derogatory attitudes and behaviors towards Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) and Hindus that may manifest as prejudice, fear, or hatred".

     There have been documented instances of hate crimes against Hindu Americans over the last few decades in many parts of the country.