I wrote recently about religious people getting freaked out the introduction of yoga in the elementary schools of a California school district because of its associations with non-Christian religions such as Hinduism.
Now religious people are upset that yoga is also infiltrating that bastion of all things American, the US military, because they have introduced a program of yoga in an effort to deal with the mental health problems that many service members have. Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, says that such people would be better served by developing a closer relationship with his god since we know that that solves all mental problems.
How did yoga become so controversial these days? Back in 1967 Elvis Presley, that emblem of all that is American, played a former officer in the US navy in the film Easy Come, Easy Go where he even sang a playful song about yoga. If that is not convincing enough proof of yoga’s innocuousness, I don’t know what is.