November 21, 2015

University of Ottawa bans free yoga class because of “cultural appropriation”

StaffRebel Columnist

This is not an Onion article.  Keep that in mind as you read. A free yoga class at the University of Ottawa has been banned by student leaders.

Jennifer Scharf, the yoga teacher, had been offering the class since 2008 reports the Ottawa Sun. She says she was shocked and saddened when she heard the news.

Staff at the Centre for Students with Disabilities said in an email that “while yoga is a really great idea and accessible and great for students ... there are cultural issues of implication involved in the practice... Yoga has been under a lot of controversy lately due to how it is being practiced.”

It adds that the cultures that yoga is taken from, “have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy ... we need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while practising yoga.”

The Centre, which is operated by the university's Student Federation had even asked Scharf to teach the class years ago – back when the world wasn't crazy, we guess.

Despite being a yoga teacher, Scharf made a valid point. “People are just looking for a reason to be offended by anything they can find,” she said.

“There's a real divide between reasonable people and those people just looking to jump on a bandwagon. And unfortunately, it ends up with good people getting punished for doing good things,” she explained.

Student federation president Romeo Ahimakin said the yoga program was not canceled because of a complaint. Rather, the program was suspended while students were consulted “to make it better, more accessible and more inclusive to certain groups of people that feel left out in yoga-like spaces. ... We are trying to have those sessions done in a way in which students are aware of where the spiritual and cultural aspects come from, so that these sessions are done in a respectful manner.”

The day yoga needs a safe space is the day parody meets reality. That day has come.

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commented 2015-11-23 18:48:25 -0500
Self-serving University/highly educated Social Liberals are always looking to boost their egos and show how superior they are compared to others in showing how “anti-bigoted”, “tolerant”, “accepting” etc they are.

When they can’t find an actual example to do so, they look everywhere for even the slightest instance to act in such a self-serving manner.

They even make up silly nonsense theories to justify even the most remote or even non-remote instances as acts of bigotry so they can self-serving pat themselves on the back, boost their egos, and show how superior they are, at the expense of the majority, and often hurting others, to feed their egos
commented 2015-11-23 18:37:07 -0500
“even members of the media, including those in the Rebel will not stand up to such bigotry” a possible example is Brian Lilley who has a conversation with Tarek Fatah of the Sun, someone who has repeated stated in his columns that “White Privilege”

I truly believe if Mr. Lilley would have made similar bigoted stereotype statements about e.g. Muslim Terrorism, that Mr. Fatah would have refused to converse with Mr. Lilly again
commented 2015-11-23 18:33:07 -0500
Pure Racism against Whites by the Student Union, but have you ever seen a left-wing bigot made accountable for her/his actions like a right-wing bigot has been?

I never have. I have never seen any Feminist made accountable for all their male bashing such a the “rape culture”, a pure men-hating act of labeling all men as supporters of rape because of the actions of a few hockey players.

Then again, Conservative Politicians and even members of the media, including those in the Rebel will not stand up to such bigotry, often because they are foolishly afraid of being called bigots themselves
commented 2015-11-23 18:28:47 -0500
Switch it around and ban a class developed taught by an East Indian due to "cultural appropriation” because it involved something developed by the White Culture.

That would be called pure adulterated Racism by those who banned it, and those in the Student Union doing so would be forced to resign, take some racial sensitivity training, or even expelled.

Maybe even all those in the student union would receive such treatment, such given what the U of O did to the whole hockey team because of the actions of one or two, or we would have suddenly a “white racism culture”, like the “rape culture” stereotyping all men on campus because of what a couple of hockey players did.

Either way, about time this act of racism was dealt with.
commented 2015-11-23 14:09:18 -0500
…“the general public aren’t being informed of the truth, and they mostly get their news from the enemy, namely the MSM, …I think people only hear what they want to hear, much to the detriment of our democratic societies.”

Yup, that’s pretty much it, DEBORAH. I fall back on Churchill’s statement that if you think democracy is a good idea, spend five minutes talking to the average voter.

In this situation however, there are lots of people who know what went on, but are too cowardly to do anything constructive about it. So I’ll sick to my original assessment about their ovine response.
commented 2015-11-23 12:06:17 -0500
Political treason! Appears they are all sold out. Greenie agenda involved with crimes against humanity.Period!
commented 2015-11-23 11:30:33 -0500
This decision needs to be reversed by those paying the bills for this institution! That being the taxpayers. We need John Carpay to step up and put these lunatics in their rightful place, by fighting for our rights and freedoms, against these nobodies who think they get to run the show.
commented 2015-11-23 10:53:16 -0500
We’re in a lot of trouble here! Mob rule has taken over. We saw it at Missouri State, Ferguson, Baltimore etc.
I would take them to court and get lots of negative publicity for them.
commented 2015-11-23 10:48:26 -0500
Jamie MacMaster – the truth is, that the general public aren’t being informed of the truth, and they mostly get their news from the enemy, namely the MSM, with the biggest liars and deceivers being the state broadcaster, the CBC. I believe we would see a backlash, if those who weren’t sipping on the lies and tall tales from CBC, would get out more, and talk to others who know what’s going on. In the end, I think people only hear what they want to hear, much to the detriment of our democratic societies.
commented 2015-11-23 09:37:19 -0500
The real story here is the passive reaction – no protests outside the offices of the red guard. Nothing but a little bit of bleating, a bit of circling, and then, into whatever pasture the dogs direct.
commented 2015-11-23 09:18:57 -0500
So essentially, the student union has decided to be the arbiter of presumed blasphemy against Hindus.
The worst part is, literally nobody has been offended by secularized yoga classes. Most Hindus are actually a lot less obsessed with political correctness than neo-progressives. They might chuckle at the thought of Westerners doing yoga for reasons other than religion, but they aren’t offended by it. The student union is the one that is being culturally insensitive here, by imposing ideas of monotheistic blasphemy rules upon a non-Abrahamic religion that in reality embraces pluralism.
commented 2015-11-23 06:29:50 -0500
From The Sun Article: "according to email correspondence between Scharf and the centre, student leaders debated rebranding the program, but stumbled over how the French translation for “mindful stretching” would appear on a promotional poster, and eventually decided to suspend the program."

It just gets better. They would have allowed the program to continue with a simple name change but they couldn’t agree on a good French equivalent name. So, until they can come up with one, it’s shut down. Bloody brilliant!

commented 2015-11-23 06:00:42 -0500
Had to check the calendar. Nope. Not April Fool’s day.

I keep changing my reply here because I can’t even begin to formulate a rational response to such an insane act. The past twenty minutes, I have been muttering to myself trying to come to grips with this. I can’t.

commented 2015-11-23 03:56:22 -0500
OK… Nessie’s gone to bed now, but she had a rough day hearing about the two-leggers appropriating her “down doggie” stretches… So no more now, you hear?…
commented 2015-11-23 01:55:48 -0500
Chris you got that right, the Onion has nothing on progressives.
I like how Gavin Mcinnes described these Universities, you go 60,000 in debt to get stupider.
commented 2015-11-23 00:06:08 -0500
Why do we put up with this p c garbage. Ignore these nit wits .
commented 2015-11-22 22:43:29 -0500
Finding any fault they can with our culture, no matter how far back they have to go. They ignore all the GOOD that’s been done. They ignore that East Indians are far from perfect and have done bad things. This is actually really important. This is the same self-hatred shown by Merkle, and explains why the Left will ignore anything bad by others, including mass rape! They’re psychotic!
commented 2015-11-22 22:36:53 -0500
Marty. I’ve come to learn that in fact, the Student unions are in charge. A couple of Deans recently were forced to quit in the US – pressured by the Student Unions.
commented 2015-11-22 18:26:12 -0500
Lol… yoga comes from societies that have committed nast acts…. where the hell do these students believe their socialism came from eh?
commented 2015-11-22 17:09:25 -0500
There is a relevant discussion that took place here:

This is how I replied to one of the posters(Ashwini) that posted hateful comments against non-Indians that practiced yoga……..

ashwini DMANDICINO • 8 months ago

its not for white people . seriously white people always discriminate and stole from india and now they feel their self entitlement allows them to steal and distort hindu Indians tradition get out of here and get a life . Indians don’t even like you white people for the atrocities your ancestors committed at the same token of what oppression you whites have been causing to Indians . Leon Katzpaugh reply to ashwini • Here is an example of a Hindu tradition that some white people “distorted”, you hateful racist. I understand that now that the British have left India, Suttee is being practiced again. Bravo! That will teach those arrogant British not to discriminate and interfere with tribal customs. This is why you will be reassured to know that as a proud non-racist “white person” I prefer my own enlightened cultural practices and have no inclination to “steal” yours. All I ask in return is that you don’t steal MY customs. Oh, I guess I forgot to point out that you stole the custom of using English in order to communicate on this forum. Or are you saying that the British contribution of the English language doesn’t, unfortunately, make it possible for you to communicate your racial hatred and ignorance to the rest of the world? Seems like your theft and cultural appropriation of the English language makes you a hypocrite. In the 1840s, Hindu priests complained to Charles James Napier (then Commander-in-Chief of British forces in India) about the prohibition of suttee by British authorities. Suttee was the custom of burning widows alive on the funeral pyre of their husbands. According to Napier’s brother William, this is how he replied: “Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pyre. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs.” This incident, perhaps the finest single moment in the history of Britain’s relatively benign imperialism, teaches lessons about cultural relativism that are still profoundly relevant today.
commented 2015-11-22 16:42:14 -0500
My son is on his third degree, my daughter on her second. If they were acting anything like these moronic sheep their funding would have ceased long ago. Luckily, they ignored such indoctrination. Parents that intend on funding their childrens’ university education in the near future should perhaps take a step back and rethink. Will you be helping your child learn to survive in the real world of reality? Maybe a few years in the real world after high school might be the best thing you can do for them.
commented 2015-11-22 15:41:49 -0500
So who wants to enroll at University of Ottawa next year?

Let the market forces decide.
commented 2015-11-22 15:38:50 -0500
You cannot make this crap up anymore! My jaw actually dropped. You can no longer call a spade a spade. Nor a hoe a hoe – because you might offend one or the other!
commented 2015-11-22 14:48:24 -0500
Our future enlightened leaders?!
commented 2015-11-22 13:31:42 -0500
Besides, it offends inflexible fat people like me. How dare they remind me about my old, broken metabolism.
commented 2015-11-22 12:46:51 -0500
I’m afraid Warren with the nuts running the asylum it may be us that will be jailed for being extremist………… I wonder what their idea of a reprogramming detention camp would look like…….. Hmmmm lots of pot in the food no doubt and no yoga of course, pictures of chairman Trudeau everywhere endless reruns of Rolling Stones music and lots of stuffed animals to hug.
commented 2015-11-22 12:38:51 -0500
@ Warren – Now to define what constitutes extremism in all its’ various forms.
commented 2015-11-22 12:01:07 -0500
Extremists seem to be running every organization. Time for a cleansing of extremists. Quit or be jailed for extremism. easy fix.
commented 2015-11-22 11:42:04 -0500
The thing is, that a majority of white people are Christian, and this country was built on Christian values and beliefs. They are now trying to rewrite our history for us, and turning others against us, while at the same time they are totally denying our voice. Everything has been prearrange, and they are attacking from all angles now. It’s the same tactic they used on PM Harper, only it is now against the last remaining bastion of democracy. This is biblical, what is happening to our country.
commented 2015-11-22 11:33:28 -0500
One day, maybe we will have had enough – the people that cancelled it should have their names and home info published so they can be held up to public ridicule. It must be that douche Alan Rock.