Opponents issue terse statement on yoga trial ruling

Take this for what it is worth: At every other stage of the trial over the Encinitas public schools yoga program, the opponents’ law firm has issued a fairly lengthy press release.

Not this time.

You can find it here. But it basically amounts to this 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 worshipping the sun god. We are disappointed with the decision and are carefully considering our options.”

It’s to be attributed to Dean Broyles, President and Chief Counsel of the National Center for Law & Policy, attorney for petitioners and appellants, the Sedlock family.

As I’d noted earlier, somehow it seems this ended up hinging on Surya Namaskara and whether that means one is worshipping the sun.

And for what it’s worth, the Universal Society of Hinduism has suggested every school in California add yoga, which it refers to as a “living fossil.”

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2 thoughts on “Opponents issue terse statement on yoga trial ruling”

  1. someone should let them in on the secret… it may be translated as a sun salutation, but no one ever thinks about the sun when they do it… even if i do it outside, i’d be like where is the shade, can’t be doing yoga in the sun… can i get an amen, praise jesus????

    is it just me? like lotus makes you feel like a flower, hell noooo! makes me think are my knees going to give out today??? right????

    lawyers being silly again… they should take a class and come back to us on that….

  2. actually, some do. and every now and then we are treated to the Adityahrdayam while doing them.

    “According to the teachings of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, ‘Breath is Life.’ Breathing is our most fundamental and vital act and holds a divine essence: exhalation a movement towards God, and inhalation an inspiration from God. Our last action in life is to exhale, which, in essence, is the final and total surrender to God”. Annie Pace.

    so, just in this particular case, they are in on a secret, perhaps?

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