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E.W. Jackson, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Candidate, Says Yoga May Result In Satanic Possession
E.W. Jackson, Virginia’s GOP lieutenant governor candidate, is no stranger to controversy. A conservative pastor, Jackson has previously come under fire for comparing Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan, calling gay rights “ikky” and saying President Barack Obama has a “Muslim perspective.”
This week, Jackson is being skewered yet again — this time for saying that doing yoga may leave unsuspecting people vulnerable to satanic possession
In a post for the National Review on Wednesday, Betsy Woodruff highlighted some quotes from Jackson’s 2008 book Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life: Making Your Dreams Come True. Among them was one about the hazards of yoga.
“When one hears the word meditation, it conjures an image of Maharishi Yoga talking about finding a mantra and striving for nirvana,” Jackson wrote in his book, according to Woodruff. “The purpose of such meditation is to empty oneself. [Satan] is happy to invade the empty vacuum of your soul and possess it. Beware of systems of spirituality which tell you to empty yourself. You will end up filled with something you probably do not want.”
“Behind the ice-cold eyes of Lululemon princesses burn the demonic flames of eternal hell,” joked Atlantic Wire’s Elspeth Reeve this week in response to Jackson’s comment.
Despite the criticism Jackson has endured for his many controversial statements, he has not apologized for them
“I don’t have anything to rephrase or to apologize for,” he said in May. “I would just say, people should not paint me as one-dimensional. I have a whole lot of concerns.”
Catholic church bans yoga class (26 September 2012)
Instructor Cori Withell said the classes she booked for yoga and pilates at St Edmund’s Church building in Southampton were cancelled with 10 days to go, and was told by the booking secretary of the church that it was because yoga is a Hindu religious activity.
“But there was never any meditation in my class – it was just exercises. Yoga is not religious: spiritual, but not religious. I do not object to anyone having a religious viewpoint, but it seemed terribly petty to cancel the classes. As a nation we have an obesity epidemic. I was trying to bring some exercise to the community and coming across blocks like this is frustrating. I offered to go down and show them the moves and, literally, the shutters came down.”
Fr Chandler said the church was “misled” by Ms Withell’s booking because he claimed that, at first, the hall was booked for pilates and then he found out it was also for spiritual yoga.
“On one hand we say to our parishioners ‘be strong in your faith’, and on the other hand there’s this other religious belief that’s not part of our faith. It’s not compatible. We are not saying that yoga is bad or wrong.”
A spokesman for Portsmouth Catholic Diocese said: “It’s not possible for Catholic premises to be used for non-Christian activities and there is a dilemma with yoga as it can be seen as Hindu meditation or as relaxation. There is no national policy on this and the decision is for each priest.”
In a further statement the diocese said: “If the parish can be assured that the Pilates is not using any of the spiritual aspects of yoga then the booking can go ahead.”