First the sticker, now yoga: Cobb schools in another religious fight

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First the sticker, now yoga: Cobb schools in another religious fight

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  • Cobb schools are back under the floodlights because of religion
  • Rather than Darwin and the Bible, this fight is over yoga

It’s been over a decade since the Cobb County School District laid the “sticker” issue to rest, but now it’s again caught up in a legal fight over religion in schools.

Back in 2002, Cobb decided to put a sticker in science textbooks that said evolution is “a theory, not a fact,” plunging itself into a legal fight over the First Amendment prohibition on government endorsement of religion.

An assistant principal filed a lawsuit in federal court this week claiming she was banished to a “lower-performing” school because she brought the practice to her elementary school and Christian parents complained. Her lawsuit notes that the district condoned Christian-themed emails, and hypocritically violated the First Amendment.

There are non-religious reasons for introducing yoga in schools, but experts say the question -- is yoga religious -- is a confounding one.

Certain Baptists, however, say the answer is clear.

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