School Yoga Does Not Violate Religious Freedom: US Court
When I first saw this case I argued against the Yoga classes because they were actually sponsored by a Hindu religious foundation, even though I disagreed in general with the religious parents and Ahmanson’s legal outfit. With the R. foundation sponsorship I thought that they could potentially contain religious elements or proselytization.
Since a court has determined that the Yoga classes are secular and sanitized from religious content then I’m satisfied however. Lots of churches do things for local public schools that are goodwill gestures and straight up charity that do not contain religious messaging, which I have no beef with either.
To sum up: I was wrong in this instance, and the lizards arguing against me were correct, see the thread linked below.
A three-member appeals San Diego court in California gave its unanimous ruling yesterday on a lawsuit filed by parents, who complained that Hindu and Buddhist doctrines were being promoted at an Encinitas district school.
According to court documents, the court had to determine whether the school district’s institution of the Yoga programme as a component of its physical education curriculum “constitutes an impermissible establishment of religion in violation of the California Constitution”.
Upholding a lower court ruling, the San Diego court ruled: “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.’”