Judge: Public School Yoga Is Not Religious
SAN DIEGO — In rejecting a claim Monday that teaching yoga in the schools is an improper attempt at religious indoctrination, a San Diego County Superior Court judge said some opponents of an Encinitas elementary school yoga program seem to have gotten their information from inaccurate sources on the Internet.
“It’s almost like a trial by Wikipedia, which isn’t what this court does,” Judge John Meyer said.
The ruling by Meyer, who heard the case without a jury, means that the Encinitas Union School District can continue to teach yoga as part of a health-and-exercise curriculum.
Dean Broyles, president and attorney for the Escondido-based National Center for Law and Policy, had filed a lawsuit on behalf of a couple with two children in the school system. The suit sought to have the program ousted as a violation of state law prohibiting the teaching of religion in public schools.
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