CA Court: Yoga Doesn't Violate Religious Freedom

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California parents Stephen and Jennifer Sedlock were upset that the Encinitas Union school district offered yoga to good Christian children. The idea that the their two children would have to perform Hindu rituals and bow down to the sun (or something) led the Sedlocks to sue the school district, claiming that the optional yoga classes infringed on their religious practice by promoting Hinduism.

The Sedlocks lost their original lawsuit and yesterday a San Diego appeal court confirmed the ruling. The court wrote in a 3-0 opinion:

“While the practice of yoga may be religious in some contexts, yoga classes as taught in the district are, as the trial court determined, ‘devoid of any religious, mystical, or spiritual trappings.’”


But the Sedlocks aren’t accepting that a little downward facing dog could be anything other than religious coercion. The family’s lawyer, Dean Broyles, issued the following statement:

“No other court in the past 50 years has allowed public school officials to lead children in formal religious rituals like the Hindu liturgy of praying to, bowing to, and worshiping the sun god.”

The family plans to appeal the decision because simply opting out of ritualized prayers to the sun god yoga isn’t good enough.

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Oh for fuck’s sake.

I try as much as possible to just be tolerant and remind myself of all the good religious people I know, but seriously. Can we just stop? It’s all make believe and people get all GODDAMN worked up about it and waste everyone’s time and money and restrict our rights (or try to) and go to war over the shit and it is STILL FUCKING MAKE BELIEVE!

How much longer do we have to put up with this bullshit in the name of tolerance?

Yoga is healthy and it’s great that kids are getting exercise and what is the FUCKING problem just because it derives from a religious practice? If these parents were so bloody comfortable with their pretend sky-dad they wouldn’t be so threatened by a little bit of stretching.

Can we... can we please just stop with the nonsense? Like, why? Because we’re afraid of death? Because you want some justice for the people that you feel have wronged you (or just disagree with you)? I mean, I get it, I do. But wanting to believe because it gives you the warm fuzzes doesn’t make Santa Clause real, so why would it make your deity/deities of choice real?

/end rant.