Re: Poll: Should religion play a part in an aikido curriculum?
I think the issue is semantic. While I feel that Spirituality is integral to aikido training, that is specifically of the Spirit and has no relation to "outside divine influence".
However I do see a place for perhaps training in conjunction with specific practices (Buddhist meditation comes to mind, of course) or with specific religions ie., Akido and Christianity/Judaeism/etc, to understand how aikido Can work in a religious context.
and there's always Omoto-kyo.