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

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" ...


Brian McGovern


Brian McGovern commented…

Apparently, Mr. Perkins has never served in the military, nor has he experienced the benefits of yoga. The US Military is not purposely "pushing religion out." In fact, while the military does its best to serve the spiritual needs of all servicemembers via the Chaplains' Corps, it is also bound by regulation to not favor one religion over another. Where I am currently stationed, service members can attend yoga at classes held twice a week, as well as classes like Zumba, combatives (martial arts), and crossfit. Modern yoga is non-religious, and is used to build discipline, strength, muscle tone, etc. Many service members also credit yoga as having helped alleviate the symptoms of combat stress and PTSD.

David Lavikoff


David Lavikoff commented…

I've only been in the military about a year and a half, but I believe some the the stretching we do in pt is a part of yoga. There is no chanting or meditating though unless you're taking an actual class for that.

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