Thank God for Bible Thumpers–if it weren’t for them, where else could we learn how sinful we are? Now, they’ve started rallying against yoga in school. Yoga, of course, was being taught as a means of physical fitness.
“They were being taught to thank the sun for their lives and the warmth that it brought, the life that it brought to the earth and they were told to do that right before they did their sun salutation exercises,” she says.
Strikes me as ironic that you can’t thank the sun for its warmth, but somehow it’s fine to thank some long-haired dude from 2,000 years ago for dying for your sins. The protestors are getting better by not taking a secular stance and simply saying that schools shouldn’t bring in religion without claiming a Christian identity, but we know where all the talk is coming from–no one is buying the idea that they’re opposing this on secular grounds. I’m an agnostic/atheist, and I know of no agnostic/atheists who see yoga as a means of proselytization.
Well, the good news is that they’re just saying no. The benefits of yoga are so real that certain good Christian groups have simply stolen yoga, repackaged it, and then claimed to have invented it. I guess using one’s political/social power to stop yoga is better than simply stealing it.