International Yoga: Now Zed takes on Bishop Phonsie in schools battle
You couldn’t make it up … the row over yoga in Irish schools has just gone international.
A Hindu statesman called Zed who is based in the US state of Nevada has urged the Archbishop of Ireland and the Taoiseach to stop the Bishop of Waterford and Lismore from introducing a yoga ban in schools here.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, claims that Archbishop Alphonsus Cullinan “was clearly doing a disservice to students of his schools in Waterford City & County, much of South Tipperary and a portion of County Cork; and needed to be stopped.”
And now he is asking the President of Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Eamon Martin, and Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly of Cashel and Emly “to immediately intervene to stop Cullinan from snatching the valuable opportunity of highly beneficial yoga from the lives of about 28,500 pupils.”
Zed has also urged Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to investigate the matter as schools are publicly funded.
Since Bishop Cullinan criticised yoga and meditation last month, Hindus have been asking him to “seriously” look at the benefits of yoga, before denying it to 123 schools across his diocese.