Christian College Newspaper Op-Ed, "Why Yoga Is Evil", Calls Yoga "Demonic"

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A student newspaper at John Brown University is being criticized for publishing a column attacking yoga because of its links to Hinduism. Yes, you read that right.

The op-ed in Threefold Online noted with "love and concern" the increasing popularity of yoga in the United States is not exactly "harmless". While this certainly isn't the first time we've heard something like this, it doesn't make it any less shocking and ridiculous, though who are we to judge a person on their beliefs. No matter how convoluted we may think they are.

An excerpt from the online rant:

This column is not a theological exegesis, but rather a heartfelt cry. I understand that yoga has become an accepted part of the American culture. The National Institute of Health promotes it vigorously and much of the Church has accepted it as harmless. I have to disagree.

As I have been thinking of all the arguments and reasons why yoga is not as beneficial as we've been led to believe, it all keeps coming back to the fact that yoga has its roots in the worship of demonic Hindu gods.

I believe that while yoga may offer some benefits, those benefits have hidden, demonic strings attached. I spoke to one of our chapel speakers years ago about this. He was a Dalit "untouchable" from India who had become a Christian. His view is that yoga is the beautiful face that the very ugly religion of Hinduism uses to sell itself to Americans.

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