Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Evil Hindu proselytes

Precious beyond belief: the Times story (by Will Carless) about the first graders of Encinitas, Cal., who are getting 30-minute yoga lessons in school, and the terrified group of Christianist parents who object to this even taking place (being allowed to opt out isn't enough for these tender consciences), and protest outside.

The project is funded by the Jois Foundation, dedicated to Krishna Pattabhi Jois, the founder of the Ashtanga school of yoga, which openly admits the physical practice of yoga is inseparable from  "a broader spiritual quest."
“They’re not just teaching physical poses, they’re teaching children how to think and how to make decisions,” [protesting parent Mary] Eady said. “They’re teaching children how to meditate and how to look within for peace and for comfort. They’re using this as a tool for many things beyond just stretching.”
Another program, bikram yoga in Lodi. Photo by Dan Evans, Lodi News-Sentinel.
And those kinds of sectarian behavior certainly have no place in a public school! Thinking and making decisions? Looking within for peace and comfort? You might as well come right out and say, "Kids, your parents' religion is stupid."

(The last laugh will be on me when the Latter Day Saints start paying for swimming classes, and they'll be clandestinely baptizing all the pupils.)

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