School denies religious connection to mandatory yoga class

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

A California school district has recognized yoga as a "state religion," claiming that form of Hindu meditation and worship is no more spiritual than football.

The Encinitas Union School District officials claim they have taken all the religious aspects out of the yoga activity. Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute says it's absurd to compare yoga to football.

Dacus, Brad (PJI)“In football, they don’t engage in meditating on some energy that is within them,” he contends. “It is a totally different animal here. It is backed by an Eastern religious group that is promoting this and it’s bringing their religion irrefutably into the public schools.”

The attorney says it's a completely different matter than for students to pray over lunch or study the Bible during free times.

“The two issues are [like] night and day, because there you have students on their own practicing their faith,” he tells OneNewsNow. “Here you have a public school district using outside funds from this religious organization to fund a mandatory religious exercise that all students must participate in, and that really crosses the line of the establishment cause of the First Amendment.”

Dacus argues that this yoga class violates the fundamental right of parents to raise their children according to their beliefs.

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