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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Yoga And The Law

Yoga And The Law
by Roger Oakland

Imagine you are standing before a judge in an American court room. You have been accused of assaulting another person and are expecting to spend time in jail. Suddenly you hear the judge say, “instead of jail, your sentence will involve anger management. For your penalty, I’m sentencing you to yoga classes - based on the ancient Hindu philosophy of exercise and well-being. When it’s over, report to me and I’ll see how well you are doing.”

If you think this scenario is foolishness, then think again. It happened in the U.S.A. in January of 2004. As the Houston Chronicle reported: “Man ordered to take yoga classes as part of probation.” [1]

Isn’t it amazing? When it comes to the Ten Commandments and the law of the land, the American court system has made a clear statement – keep them separate. In a recent case, a judge was fired because he refused to have a plaque with the Ten Commandments removed from his court room. However, when it comes to Eastern religion being promoted in the court room, there’s another set of rules. Yoga is in! ...

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