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Virginia Republicans’ Blaming Mental Illness for Gun Violence Is Incorrect, Stigmatizing,...

by Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence On Tuesday, the General Assembly’s special session on gun violence prevention adjourned after...

Arlington/FCC Mental Health Docket Creation Public Meeting 7/17–Please Attend!

by Cindy According to a recent survey, over three times more people with mental illness are in jails and prisons than in hospitals. In one...

Changing the Conversation in the Commonwealth; Breaking the Stigma of Mental...

By Cathy Copeland Virginia’s history with mental health care is checkered at best. While we can boast of having the first public hospital designed exclusively...

E.W. Jackson on Yoga and Satan

Cross-posted at Daily Kos

As the campaigns gear up for November, the two parties unroll their top priorities.  The Democrats highlight such issues as jobs, transportation, education and energy.

And the Republicans?  Well, according to GOP Lt. Gov. nominee E.W. Jackson, one of the great threats of our time, against which we must protect ourselves,

When one hears the word meditation, it conjures an image of Maharishi Yoga talking about finding a mantra and striving for nirvana. . . . 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 or deciding to, but no one can be a child of God without making a decision to surrender to him. Beware of systems of spirituality which tell you to empty yourself. You will end up filled with something you probably do not want.

Um, okay.

Republican hostility to yoga may not make much sense, but it does reflect a certain consistency.  Yoga is particularly popular with the ladies, and the GOP has already declared war on most of the rest of women's life and health.  (What's next, a ban on chick flicks?)

A GOP War on Yoga also fits well with their messaging.  The whole Limbaugh-Beck-Fox News schtick is all about what Thomas Frank has called "backlash populism" -- getting lower class whites to vote against their economic interests by getting them all hot under the collar over some imaginary liberal cultural elite.