Concerned Parents Up In Arms Over Yoga Exercises At Georgia School
A number of “concerned parents” in a Georgia school district are very, very upset about the fact that their kids are learning yoga exercises in school, on account of the fact that they believe it “endorses a non-Christian belief system.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that in response to this “concern,” Bullard Elementary School in Cobb County held a meeting with parents to discuss the various misconceptions about their use of yoga as a tool to help students deal with stress and develop mindfulness. They have also agreed to make certain changes to the program, such as the students not saying the word “namaste” or coloring mandalas during classroom breaks.
Several of the “concerned parents” have claimed that teachers have given their children crystals of some sort and otherwise attempted to convert them to Hinduism or Buddhism. Raw Story reports that parent Christopher Smith wrote on Facebook “Now we can’t pray in our schools or practice Christianity but they are allowing this Far East mystical religion with crystals and chants to be practiced under the guise of stress release meditation. This is all without parents knowledge or approval. This is very scary. Parents beware of what your children are being taught without your knowledge.”
Yes, surely a school in Georgia is just dying to convert your kid to Hinduism. Just look at how the yoga craze has turned millions of people across the country in to practicing Hindus. It’s truly amazing.
Regarding this, the school says that although teachers “never used nor taught about crystals having healing powers during these breaks, we understand it has become a belief. Therefore we will ensure that nothing resembling this will be done in the future.”
Translation: “We see that you are making up some pretty weird and definitely untrue things, so we’ll be sure not to do those things no one was doing in the first place, if that makes you feel better, you paranoid weirdos.”
The idea that yoga–which, let’s face it, has become Westernized as hell here and in no way resembles any kind of religious practice–is some kind of evil, Satanic, or at least “anti-Christian” practice is one that has gained traction in recent years among certain segments of the Christian population. Some have even gone so far as to insist it is “demonic” and can lead to “Satanic possession.”
We’re pretty sure it cannot.