Senator Joe Pennacchio has blasted the Teaneck Democratic City Committee for passing a resolution condemning and targeting major American Hindu organizations that he sees as hate groups linked to “Hindu nationalism” in India.
“It is disturbing that a Democratic political organization whose purpose is to elect its members to government positions and influence public policy would pass a resolution effectively condemning the entire Hindu religion,” Pennacchio (R-26) said. “It is extremely dangerous to target large segments of any ethnic group or religion for harassment using government resources. It was wrong when the entire Muslim community was profiled after 9/11 for the actions of a small number of extremists, and it is equally wrong for all of our American Hindu neighbors to be treated this way today. today.
The TDMC resolution lists five major tax-exempt Hindu organizations which it says are hate groups with “direct or indirect links” to a Hindu nationalist organization in India.
Suggesting that these Hindu groups share an ideology with “Nazism and European Fascism,” the Teaneck Democrats’ resolution urges Sen. Bob Menendez, Sen. Cory Booker, Congressman Josh Gottheimer and Gov. Phil Murphy to ask the FBI and the CIA to investigate “foreign hate groups” and their tax-exempt status, among other things.
“Whatever religion we choose to practice, we are all Americans,” Pennacchio added. “We should not try to arm our government institutions to attack other people or groups whose views or religious affiliations differ from ours.”