Friday, March 10, 2006

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Here are a few interesting stories I missed in today's earlier presentation of This Week in "God"...
That Hasidic Reggae Singer By Michael Kress,

Matisyahu is hip, black hat and all, but is he just a pop-scene oddity?

It will probably always be surreal to me that Matisyahu--the suddenly ubiquitous Hasidic reggae artist--is getting mainstream play on the likes of MTV and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and write ups in Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly. He's hip, even with his black hat and lyrics about Hashem and mashiach. Don't know what those words mean? You're far from alone. But spitting lyrics incomprehensible to 99% of the public hasn't slowed Matisyahu's march from sideshow act to commercial success story. (For the record, Hashem is a term for God, mashiach is the Messiah.)

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Man, that Matisyahu is the 'Dox, yo! (Or something like that.)

Plaintiffs say Air Force recruiters told to use religion as tool By Patrick O'Driscoll, USA TODAY Fri Mar 10, 7:06 AM ET

A vocal critic of Pentagon policies on religion in the ranks filed court papers Thursday alleging that an Air Force recruiter in New Mexico was asked "to use Jesus Christ as a recruiting tool."

Michael "Mikey" Weinstein, a 1977 graduate of the Air Force Academy, filed suit against the Air Force in federal court in Albuquerque last October. Weinstein and four other plaintiffs allege illegal proselytizing by evangelical Christian chaplains, officers and cadets at the Air Force Academy and throughout the service.

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I can just imagine the recruitment posters:

Jesus wants YOU to join the USAF!

Meanwhile, back at the New Age Rec Center...

How to Do Yoga With Your Soul By B.K.S. Iyengar From "Light on Life" by B.K.S. Iyengar (reprinted at

If you do yoga postures correctly (no cheating allowed), the practice can bring you closer to God.

In asana [yoga postures] and pranayama [breathing] practice, we should have the impression we are working on the outer to get close to the inner reality of our existence. This is true. We work from the periphery to the core. The material body has a practical reality that is accessible. It is here and now, and we can do something with it. However, we must not forget that the innermost part of our being is also trying to help us. It wants to come out to the surface and express itself...

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