Thursday, July 13, 2006

Christian Right now demonizes Yoga!

Frank J. Ranelli

Yes, you read the headline correct. The Christian Right fundamentalists are taking their dogmatic, arcane rhetoric to a whole new level: attacking yoga! I will say it again: attacking yoga.

Yes, the same lunatic fringe that sniffed out for "all you sinner outs there", that as, Jerry Falwell suggested, "...the bag-carrying purple Teletubby, Tinky Winky, was promoting a gay lifestyle to children."

These same charlatans have decided that yoga is sinful and "is known to cause psychological and emotional problems in some people.” Insidious as well, they suggest, is its ties to, "Eastern spiritual practices."

Wow, nothing like a good old fashion dose of narrow-minded bigotry and prejudice aimed at an entire continent! Christian author, Dave Hunt, contends that "yoga is a spiritually dangerous practice designed to expose people to demonic influences." He furthers this embarrassing, psychotic journey into pure self-pontification, by stating,

"If you want to benefit yourself physically, then do exercises that were designed for that. Do not get into things that were designed for self-realization . . . If you want to do some exercises, please don’t call it yoga, because as soon as you do, you’ve put a certain connotation on it."

Mel Seesholtz, Ph.D, counters with this critical thinking exposure of why Mr. Hunt may not want you to practice yoga and self realize,

"Could it be that if people achieve self-realization they will recognize the sinister mind-control techniques of “ministries” such as The Berean Call? Could it be that they would also realize that if they develop a “personal relationship with God,” there is no need for ministries? The clergy would become little more than “middlemen” who, like all middlemen, leech off others for their own self-aggrandizement. In fact, the clergy would become “demonic influences” interrupting, twisting and poisoning one’s personal relationship with Divinity for their own power and profit."

This escalates paranoia to a whole new level for the ilk of the Christian Right. First our kids are going to lead a gay life style by watching purple puppets on TV and now adults can't practice relaxation and spiritual exploration.

After all, bilking senior citizens out of their social security money through blatant televangelist pandering, Pat Robertson suggesting we assassinate the elected leader of Venezuela or Catholic priests drowning in an alcoholic stupor and "bending little Jimmy" over the alter for some “injection of religious” is a much more noble way to be Christian!

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LINKS: Beware the Yoga Demon!


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