• Social Conservatives Identify New Threat to Military: Yoga

    It's been over a year now since "don't ask, don't tell" was repealed, enabling gay and lesbian members of the military to serve openly without keeping their sexual identity under wraps. Contrary to the predictions of some social conservatives who spent a suspicious amount of time obsessing about gay sex, the DADT repeal didn't turn the Pentagon into a gay bacchanalian orgy pit and the U.S. military remains a professional, cohesive, fearsome fighting force.

    Which means it's time for the Christian Right to find something new to fearmonger about. Enter Tony Perkins, who argues that the ability to do the downward facing dog pose¬†is the first step on the road to perdition…

    "In the military, it's out with God — and in with the goofy! Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. As part some new training, Marines are being asked to join weekly yoga and meditation classes…Unfortunately, the military seems intent on driving religion out and replacing it with wacky substitutes. 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."

    Remember, if you're a Marine who can stretch to pickup an artillery shell without pulling a muscle, you're basically an enemy combatant.

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    Tags: Family Research Council, Health, Military, Religion, Tony Perkins


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