‘Un-Chris­tian’ yoga banned at church hall

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

A YOGA teacher has been banned from hir­ing a church hall for classes be­cause the ac­tiv­ity is ‘not com­pat­i­ble’ with Chris­tian be­liefs.

At­suko Kato, 54, an in­struc­tor for 25 years, was dis­mayed after try­ing and fail­ing to book the hall at St Mary’s Church Pil­ton in Barn­sta­ple, North Devon, last week.

It claims yoga – which has links to Hin­duism and Bud­dhism – can­not be per­mit­ted be­cause it does not ac­knowl­edge that ‘there is only one God’.

Miss Kato said: ‘They said they weren’t al­lowed to host yoga classes be­cause it was not com­pat­i­ble with Chris­tian be­liefs.’

The Rev­erend Nigel Dilkes said: ‘Un­der the terms of the trust deed [the church hall] is to be used for ac­tiv­i­ties com­pat­i­ble with Chris­tian faith. Why not enjoy Pi­lates in­stead?’

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