CHRISTIAN YOGA ANYONE?
me why their faith seems to be so weak that they are threatened by a small
group of people practicing posture and breathing exercises
all the mental dexterity and prowess of Medieval Christians a Church of
England Vicar has banned yoga classes from his church hall. He fears they
could encourage the growth of Eastern mysticism and lead his congregation
away from Christ. The Rev. Dick Farr is reported (by Reuters web site)
to have said that we are here to promote Jesus and dont
want to offer a platform to anybody who is going to undermine that.
Not only does this show a complete ignorance (of what yoga is and why
people do it) but it displays the typical arrogance and lack of respect
that seems to be rife amongst the Christian rank, unable to think any
further than what colour hat they might wear for the Sunday Service. Whilst
they celebrate their god being nailed to a tree, whilst they nibble his
flesh and sip his blood, they might do well to ponder on the meaning of
his message (and its source) rather than just paying it lip service. Because
unfortunately this is not the loan ramblings of a devotee, far from it,
apparently he has full backing from the parish council.
It puzzles me why their faith seems to be so weak that they are threatened
by a small group of people practicing posture and breathing exercises
and they feel so enfeebled that they have to foist a small minded and
blinked view of Christianity upon a world when the central and pivotal
belief is supposed to be love? This episode once again displays
the inherent distastefulness that comes with many of the worlds organised
religions, insisting that their version of events, their belief system
is absolutely right and there is no room for any others. None of these
different religions are just different paths to the same place
nonsense, no, do it our way or perish for eternity, if not sooner.
Whod have thought that in the 21st Century Christians would be continuing
in their long tradition of denying different cultures the right to exist,
and thus robbing the world of some of its beauty. Consider the plight
of indigenous peoples everywhere at the hands of Christians; the treatment
of Native American Indians from either continent being a prime example.
Ask the millions of people currently asphyxiating under the reign of Catholicism
in the east how they feel about a culture being trampled under foot by
How far away are we really from incarcerating and murdering people because
they say the world is not flat. We complain about the Talibans religious
dogma denying woman, the arts, the media or anything, which does not conform
to their accepted belief system but is banning an exercise class because
it is rooted in a different culture so very far away?
In a world so lacking in cooperation and community spirit is it really
appropriate to treat people as unclean lesser mortals because they are
not the same as you? Common decency should prevail. Christian love needs
all the yoga it can get.
© Raikes Hodson 2001
"raikes hodson" firstname.lastname@example.org
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