Yoga Wlll Turn Kids Into Godless Sun-Worshipping Pagans, Lawsuit Charges

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Abby Zimet

Arguing schools should not "sell our precious children (as) religious guinea pigs," a right-wing legal center is suing a California school district on behalf of parents who say a student yoga program violates their children's religious freedom, even though the school superintendent insists its wholly secular “stretching, moving, breathing” exercises are "part of an overall wellness program (that) happens to incorporate yoga into it....We have not stripped religion out of it. We never put religion in it." Funded by a grant from a nonprofit group that promotes the Hindu-based Ashtanga yoga, the program is optional and carefully removes all religious aspects, replacing traditional  Sanscrit words for poses with "airplane" and "pancake." Still, lawyers for the National Center for Law and Policy ("Faith, Family, Freedom") argue that yoga is "inherently and pervasively religious" - this, from a group that has historically fought for prayer in school and on-campus Bible studies. Attorney Dean Broyles calls the program "a serious breach of the public trust" and "the clearest case of the state trampling on the religious freedom rights of citizens that I have personally witnessed in my 18 years of practice" - and never mind the radical “Sun Salutation" where kids stretch their hands to the ceiling, thus pretty much sorta kinda actually indulging in sun worship.

From one freaked out parent: "They’re not just teaching physical poses, they’re teaching children how to think and how to make decisions... They’re teaching children how to meditate, how to look for peace and for comfort."

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Bonus: In a similarly dangerous idea universally panned by the same folks, Michelle Obama joins Jimmy Kimmel to encourage parents and kids to move their bodies.

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