Re: [bostonatheists] Yoga Lessons in public school

From: Anthony M.
Sent on: Saturday, October 27, 2012 12:51 PM
Raja, just as Halloween has been stripped of its original religious context (no Keltic symbology is used, we don't celebrate it to appease dead spirits), yoga can similarly be divorced from its religious origins.  Do you really believe that the thousands of people in this country who practice yoga in gyms and studios every day are being indoctrinated?  I have done yoga almost every morning for years and I am just as much an atheist as ever.  When you say that yoga is ALWAYS connected to Hinduism, it says more about you than anyone else.  Anyone who actually practices yoga knows that the only Hindu thing about it is the names of the poses.  For you to say that simply practicing yoga is a form on indoctrination would require some evidence or proof on your part.  Why not start with the number of Americans who have converted to Hinduism as yoga has become more and more popular?

The reason why atheists should have no problem with this is because we understand that things change and evolve, as opposed to the religious-minded who tend to cling to eternal absolutes.

If you try to live your entire life avoiding anything that's connected in any way to some sort of religious idea, you'll be just as bad off as a religious person who tries to live life avoiding all things secular.  In that sense, you are not much different from a religious person; same thinking, different end of the spectrum.  

If you really want to live completely religion-free, you'll also have to oppose our Arabic number system and the names of our days of the week.  Do you really think such things should be kept out of schools because they fall under your Draconian definition of "religious"?

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On Oct 27, 2012, at 12:37 PM, Raja <[address removed]> wrote:

That's a good point. And on that basis yoga must not be allowed in public school because it indoctrinated a religious/spiritual practice among children. You cannot define yoga based on what a few of us believe it is. May I ask, what credential do we have? Ask a yoga "guru," and majority of them will want you to believe that it is a spiritual practice. Adults with their advanced knowledge about culture may redefine it as it fits to them, but not for children. It's not just the website of the foundation in question, every new-age yoga talks about its religious or spiritual link. 

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On Oct 27, 2012, at 12:20 PM, "Zachary Bos" <[address removed]> wrote:

"... but that does not negate the fact that it has religious origin, therefore must not be celebrated in public school. "

This is not the guideline as considered under US court rulings. The question is not religious *origin*, but religious (or secular) *purpose*.






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