The American people are an interesting species.
Fearful of going extinct in a fast churning world, the dodos are resorting to bizarre behavior in recent months.
First, millions of Americans supported billionaire wig-wallah Donald Trump.
Now some Americans are mad at use of the word “Namaste” during Yoga practice in a Georgia school.
Like a lot of the good things in life, Yoga has its roots in India and its practice helps to maintain good health and a calm mind in an increasingly stressful world.
Some smart minds at Bullard Elementary School in Kennesaw (Georgia) thought Yoga would be a good way to keep their students calm.
Who can blame the Kennesaw school authorities for worrying about student stress. After all, every second day some stressed-out kid in America is bringing a gun to school and goes Mere pas bandook hain, dishoom-dishoom-dishoom-dishoom.
Once the Georgia parents got to know about use of the word “Namaste” during Yoga practice they went postal on the school.
The parents mistakenly think that when their kids say “Namaste” they are being brainwashed into that “oh, you know that crazy Indian religion, Hinduism.”
Here’s an excerpt from the Washington Post article on the Namaste ban:
So when administrators at Bullard Elementary School in Kennesaw, Ga., implemented yoga and other mindfulness practices in the classroom to reduce students’ stress, they probably envisioned peace and relaxation in their future.
Instead, they received a flurry of complaints — from parents who felt yoga represented the encroachment of non-Christian beliefs.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bullard’s principal, Patrice Moore, sent parents an email last week announcing changes to its yoga program.
“I am truly sorry that the mindfulness/ de-stressing practices here at Bullard caused many misconceptions that in turn created a distraction in our school and community,” Moore wrote. “While we have been practicing de-stressing techniques in many classrooms for years, there have been some recent practices associated with mindfulness that are offensive to some.”
Among the elements of the program that will be eliminated: the Sanskrit greeting “Namaste,” placing hands “to heart center” and coloring pages with the symbol of the Mandala (a spiritual symbol in Indian religions representing the cosmos).
Now if only those crazy Georgia parents knew that Indians refer to idiots like them as “Gaandus” and “Chutiyas,” they would unban Namaste in a jiffy.
Source: Washington Post, Ga. parents offended by the ‘Far East religion’ of yoga, get ‘Namaste’ banned from school