Yoga appears to be the new menace these days with Catholic priests and Muslim clerics (here and here) warning of its satanic appeal. Now, E.W. Jackson, a Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor in Virginia, is campaigning against the practice yoga and meditation as making people vulnerable to Satan.
Jackson’s campaign site discusses his work: “He is the Founder of Exodus Faith Ministries, a nondenominational Christian church in Chesapeake, Virginia with a satellite in Boston, Massachusetts. On July 4, 2009, he launched S.T.A.N.D. – Staying True to America’s National Destiny (www.standamerica.us), a national organization dedicated to restoring America’s founding values which were informed by the principles found within the Jewish and Christian faiths.”
However, his latest crusade concerns the perils of yoga which appear to make you more flexible only to be bent into an evil shape by Satan.
He takes on meditation and yoga in his book Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life: Making Your Dreams Come True: “The purpose of such meditation is to empty oneself … [Satan] is happy to invade the empty vacuum of your soul and possess it. That is why people serve Satan without ever knowing it … Beware of systems of spirituality which tell you to empty yourself. You will end up filled will something you probably do not want.”
“[M]ost people are dead spirits. As such they have the nature of Satan … Your spirit was made for attachment. It is either attached to God or to Satan, but it is not neutral.”
Jackson is no stranger to controversy (though appears an utter stranger to logic). He has labeled President Obama as having a “Muslim perspective” and said that Planned Parenthood is more dangerous the Klu Klux Klan. A yoga session at Planned Parenthood would be a perfect nightmare.