Southern Baptists lead crusade against...Yoga!
Would Jesus have done a downward dog? God forbid, say church leaders:
Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler says the stretching and meditative discipline derived from Eastern religions is not a Christian pathway to God. Mohler said he objects to "the idea that the body is a vehicle for reaching consciousness with the divine."
"That's just not Christianity," Mohler told The Associated Press.
Pat Robertson has called the chanting and other spiritual components that go along with yoga "really spooky." California megachurch pastor John MacArthur called yoga a "false religion." Muslim clerics have banned Muslims from practicing yoga in Egypt, Malaysia and Indonesia, citing similar concerns.
Spooky chanting? Like, Om Shanti? I guess the word for "Peace" only counts as spiritual when you chant it English. Fun fact: the number of yoga fans in America now exceeds the number of Southern Baptists...