More than 100 clergymen have banded together to speak out about allowing Eastern mysticism to creep into public school classrooms.
The group signed a corporate letter to 39 school districts demanding schools stop conducting yoga sessions for elementary students.
Pastor Mark Hamilton , who leads Providence Church in Mansfield, says he signed the letter because yoga is “religious in nature” and therefore likely violates the Establishment Clause.
The classes are also mandatory without parental approval, he adds.
One of the signatories, Messianic Rabbi William Hallbrook, tells OneNewsNow that yoga can’t be separated from its ties to Eastern religion.
Hallbrook leads Sar Shalom Center, also located in Mansfield.
The letter has resulted in at least two public school districts recognizing the concern and ending the practice, frontlineohio.com, a news website, reported.
A letter from the Lexington school district, for example, said the practice of yoga and "transcedental meditation" are no longer permitted.
Asked about the unity among the clergy, the rabbi says it’s “quite common” to see in the state.
“We tend to stand together in our faith,” he says, “no matter what denomination."