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Thu Apr 1, 2021, 03:57 PM

Alabama legislature upholds ban on yoga in schools b/c it might cause kids to convert to Hinduism

not an April fools day joke.



Alabama legislature upholds ban on yoga in schools because it might cause kids to convert to Hinduism


https://boingboing.net/2021/04/01/alabama-legislature-upholds-ban-on-yoga-in-schools-because-it-might-cause-kids-to-convert-to-hinduism.html



Mark Frauenfelder 8:24 am Thu Apr 1, 2021

Alabama State Rep. Jeremy Gray introduced a bill that would allow yoga to be practiced voluntarily at public schools. But the state legislature upheld the ban against yoga, which has been strictly prohibited since 1993. If you are wondering why, the answer is "Alabama." It is, of course, the only state in the country that bans yoga.



The text of the ban says "school personnel shall be prohibited from using any techniques that involve the induction of hypnotic states, guided imagery, meditation or yoga" and additionally banned the use of the word "namaste."

At issue is whether the practice of yoga promotes Hinduism — a claim several conservative Christian groups say is a problem.

Because yoga is rooted in Hinduism, Eric Johnston, a legal adviser for the Alabama Citizens Action Program, told The New York Times, "it does not need to be taught to small children in public schools."

"If this bill passes, then instructors will be able to come into classrooms as young as kindergarten and bring these children through guided imagery, which is a spiritual exercise, and it's outside their parents' view. And we just believe that this is not appropriate," Betsy Garrison of the Eagle Forum of Alabama, argued in session.


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Reply Alabama legislature upholds ban on yoga in schools b/c it might cause kids to convert to Hinduism (Original post)
riversedge Apr 1 OP
MineralMan Apr 1 #1
SergeStorms Apr 1 #2
SheltieLover Apr 1 #10
SergeStorms Apr 1 #15
SheltieLover Apr 1 #20
SergeStorms Apr 1 #26
Rustyeye77 Apr 1 #3
Dream Girl Apr 1 #5
yonder Apr 1 #4
sop Apr 1 #6
DBoon Apr 1 #7
SheltieLover Apr 1 #11
multigraincracker Apr 1 #24
NotAPuppet Apr 1 #8
SheltieLover Apr 1 #12
gratuitous Apr 1 #22
SheltieLover Apr 1 #9
triron Apr 1 #13
Calculating Apr 1 #14
Ilsa Apr 1 #16
Vinca Apr 1 #17
Xavier Breath Apr 1 #18
rockfordfile Apr 1 #19
DFW Apr 1 #21
lpbk2713 Apr 1 #23
tanyev Apr 1 #25
JI7 Apr 2 #28
Blue_true Apr 1 #27

Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 04:00 PM

1. Oh, FFS!

People can be incredibly stupid, can't they?

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 04:01 PM

2. Or it might...

teach them stress relief, balance, on all levels, and a sense of inner peace. Wouldn't want that now, would we?

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 04:43 PM

10. Same reason TN is busy with a constitutional amendment prohibiting rec weed

Gotta keep those haters hating.

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #10)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 05:22 PM

15. A constitutional amendment?

Good lord, they're serious about this, aren't they? I know a few people from Tennessee that grow some of the finest weed on the planet. The bad part is, I cant partake in it's medicinal properties because I go to a federally regulated pain management clinic for some back issues.

Give all of them a nice, big, sticky, Indica bud and they'll mellow out. Sounds like the republicans down there could use a little loosening up.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #15)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 05:48 PM

20. More like a thorazine suppository needed.

Yes, const. amendment. All whild making the bible the state book. Not joking. Like living in hell.

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #20)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 11:18 PM

26. Wow.

I couldn't live in an environment like that. It's such a beautiful place. Why do people allow assholes to run it? I'll take a wild guess and say it has something to do with gerrymandering and voter suppression.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 04:03 PM

3. ( Shaking my head in disbelief)

The people in AL are nice.

the govt sucks.

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Response to Rustyeye77 (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 04:09 PM

5. Some of them are not all that nice.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 04:05 PM

4. Absolutely bas-ackward move Alabama.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 04:12 PM

6. Yoga pants are still ok?

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 04:22 PM

7. Do they also ban Japanese martial arts

because it might lead kids to Shinto?

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Response to DBoon (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 04:46 PM

11. When I moved to hellhole TN

I looked for an authentic dojo. Does not exist in this area. All websites proclaim "faith in our lord & savior JC."

I've never felt a need to be "saved" or forgiven for being born.

I was looking for a dojo. 😏

Fucking freaks!

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Response to DBoon (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 05:59 PM

24. Next will be

Arabic Numerals?

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 04:23 PM

8. Whatever happened to the First Amendment,

is that something that's taught in AL? And what if someone decided to convert to Hinduism while doing the downward facing dog pose, what law does that violate?

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Response to NotAPuppet (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 04:47 PM

12. No!

Constitution, in large part, has ZERO influence in the south.

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Response to NotAPuppet (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 05:52 PM

22. You can practice any religion you want in Alabama

As long as it's Southern Baptist.

Next up for the Alabama lege, a bill prohibiting the use of Arabic numbers. I think I'm just kidding.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 04:40 PM

9. Wtaf???

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 05:12 PM

13. Idiocracy at its finest.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 05:16 PM

14. The south is truly the land progress forgot

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 05:25 PM

16. Open yoga studios across the street on all four sides of every school.

Seriously, these knuckleheads need to be laughed at by the rest of the nation.

Next they'll ban classes which teach mindfulness because it's too dangerous having kids think.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 05:26 PM

17. I thought this had to be "The Onion," but it's Alabama. Of course.

This is almost too dumb for Alabama.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 05:35 PM

18. Will Alabama need to close all of the Mexican restaurants?

Dining in one could lead to Catholicism, you know
This is the DU member formerly known as Dagstead Bumwood.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 05:40 PM

19. Some of those people are idiots

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 05:51 PM

21. Does Alabama have statistics on how many of its children have converted to Hinduism?

I’m betting the number is even less than the number of proven cases of voter fraud.

I hear Alabama now wants to ban reruns of the old Kung Fu series, because its state legislators fear late night viewers might convert to Shao Lin, and instead of speaking in Porky Pig and Daffy Duck tongues in church, their elders will now recite Confucius in the original Mandarin.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 05:53 PM

23. These people are funny. I might like to visit there for a short while.



I'm sure there would never be a dull moment.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 06:11 PM

25. I'm guessing the yoga world in Alabama has a lot more Qanon than Hindu.

The yoga world is riddled with anti-vaxxers and QAnon believers

In my day job, I monitor the spread of online disinformation and conspiracy theories. I never expected to find them at my yoga class

Prominent pandemic deniers include a number of keen yoga practitioners, such as alternative health proponent Sayer Ji, who runs the website greenmedinfo.com, and his wife Kelly Brogan, who describes herself as a ‘holistic psychiatrist.’ More recently, the links between yoga and conspiracy theories came to public attention after the ‘QAnon shaman’ who stormed the Capitol on January 6, was revealed to be a yoga practitioner who is reportedly on an organic diet.

It’s hard to tell just how much conspiracy theories have infiltrated the wellness and yoga space. Researchers have tried to document the recent revival of ‘conspirituality’ – the intersection of yoga, spirituality and holistic health with conspiracy theories. The Conspirituality podcast, co-founded by cult survivor and yoga teacher Matthew Remski, lists figures in the wellness industry who have shared conspiracy theories and aims at exposing ‘faux-progressive wellness utopianism.’

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/yoga-disinformation-qanon-conspiracy-wellness

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Response to tanyev (Reply #25)

Fri Apr 2, 2021, 01:19 AM

28. These people are mostly Grifters . "alternative health proponent"

that says it all .

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 11:35 PM

27. Alabama took the "most backward state" lead over Mississippi. nt

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