File under: Yogaphobia. Oh, Pat. Most of us know Pat Robertson is bat turd crazy, right? (Sorry. No judgement.) The 84-year-old conservative Christian evangelist still speaks on TV, dispensing his advice on the American public through his “The 700 Club” show broadcasted every weekday on ABC Family via his Christian Broadcasting Network like the super religious grandpa you wish would keep his behind-the-times opinions to himself.
On Tuesday’s episode, a concerned viewer inquired about letting her teen daughter practice yoga with friends. Their family had recently moved to New Mexico and had been met with New Agey stuff like “dream catchers, yoga, veganism, that sort of thing.” What’s a mom to do?
Robertson advised that simply stretching is ok, but “along with yoga they have a mantra, and the mantra you say is in Hindu.” And? (By the way, Pat, Hindu is not a language.)
“You don’t know what the Hindu says, but actually it’s a prayer to a Hindu deity and so it sounds like gibberish. So you’re saying ‘kali, kali, kali,’ but you’re praying to a Hindu deity and you don’t want your daughter in that,” warned Robertson. “Stretching exercise is cool, praying to a Hindu deity is not too cool.”
Essentially you’re speaking in tongues to a Hindu god, according to Robertson. And that’s just no good, now.
At least he hasn’t strayed from his thoughts on the “spookiness” of yoga mantras. This clip is from around 2007.
But select conservative Christians have long been yogaphobic. Compared to other extreme evangelists, Robertson is actually pretty soft on the subject. Pastor Mark Driscoll, a popular and hip megachurch star, has said that yoga is demonic and practitioners will go to hell. Recently, a Catholic priest in Northern Ireland made headlines with a sermon he gave about yoga leading to Satanism and the “Kingdom of Darkness.” So, there’s that.
However, despite all of this devil and demon rhetoric, we do know that yoga and other religions, including Christianity, can play nicely together without evil spirit interference. Hopefully that will be the message that transcends.
[Via Right Wing Watch]