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Tony Perkins Is Not Happy About the Military's Yoga Classes

BY RELEVANT CURRENT / NATION January 09, 2013

Tony Perkins, he of the Family Research Council, is picking a beef with the military over its new expanded offering of yoga classes. “In the military,” he said at the beginning of his radio address, “it’s out with God—and in with the goofy!” He cited the The Washington Times‘ article on the issue, saying, “As part some new training, Marines are being asked to join weekly yoga and meditation classes. Sergeant Nathan Hampton said the idea took some getting used to. ‘Why are we sitting around a classroom doing weird meditating stuff?’ he wondered.” The article goes onto say that Sergeant Hampton eventually found benefits to yoga (something Perkins did not mention on his show), but Perkins’ issue seemed to be with the military’s broader policy of religious inclusiveness. “Unfortunately, the military seems intent on driving religion out and replacing it with wacky substitutes,” he said. “They’ve added atheist chaplains, Wiccan worship centers and now meditation classes. But none of them are as effective or as constructive as a personal relationship with God. Unfortunately, though, it’s mind over what matters—and that’s faith” …

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