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Andrew Wagner, Fargo, Letter: Critics of yoga class are woefully in error

After reading a number of the recent opinions about religion and yoga in schools, I feel a need to educate these poorly informed citizens. Many seem to have trouble distinguishing the promotion of a particular religion and an exercise in which al...

After reading a number of the recent opinions about religion and yoga in schools, I feel a need to educate these poorly informed citizens.

Many seem to have trouble distinguishing the promotion of a particular religion and an exercise in which all references to Hinduism are at best reaching. Desiree Morton's Dec. 16 leap in logic argues that the ancient roots of the exercise to Eastern religion are an unmistakable promotion of religion. If this were the case, we best remove all science from schools as well. After all, a considerable history of the progression of science was substantially supported by the Catholic Church. What an unconscionable practice!

In addition, her statement, "There can be no mention of God in our science, history, math, English or any other classes." I'm not sure in which schools she has experienced this ridiculous notion, but Christianity was central to my many history and English classes while attending the south Fargo education system.

Again, what she and so many others fail to realize is that God and Christianity are not banned from school, but the promotion of a particular religion is. Yoga in no way promotes Hinduism, but meditation, relaxation and good health. God has no place in a math or science class, however one would be hard-pressed to teach a course in Western history, English, or philosophy without addressing Christianity.

Please, for the sake of this country, stop with the persecution complex! No one is trying to remove God from schools; just the ridiculous, gnostic belief that Christianity should be promoted over any other religion. Would you be saying the same if instead Islam, Hinduism or Satanism were promoted in the way you want Christianity?

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Andrew Wagner, Fargo, Letter: Critics of yoga class are woefully in error

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