A Victory For Sanity
April 5, 2015
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Yoga being taught in a San Diego County school system is not a gateway to Hinduism and doesn’t violate the religious rights of students or their parents, a California appeals court ruled Friday.
The 4th District Court of Appeal in San Diego upheld a lower court ruling that tossed out a family’s lawsuit trying to block the Encinitas Union School District from teaching yoga as an alternative to traditional gym classes.
The lawsuit brought by Stephen and Jennifer Sedlock and their two children claimed the school district’s yoga classes promoted Hinduism and inhibited Christianity.
The court upheld the previous ruling in a 3-0 opinion. The district court wrote: ‘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.”
The Sedlock’s lawsuit was supported by the National Center for Law and Policy, a conservative Christian non-profit law firm that “focuses on the protection and promotion of religious freedom, the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, parental rights, and other civil liberties.”
The trial transcript included such statements from their lawyer as: “The consciences the petitioners are working so hard to protect in this case from the spiritual tyranny of the state, Your Honor, are the tender consciences of our youngest citizens, some of who are as young as five years old.”
In closing, the decision has angered some including a blogger who wrote, and I’m not making this up – “Satanic ritual is making its way into the American public square because of rulings issued by courts, not because of any public demand that Satan be honored. In issuing its ruling the court ignored the evidence that the practice of yoga leads to Satan.” So now we know!