Christopher Li wrote:
Personally, I don't think that a person ought to be made to abandon their religious beliefs in order to practice Aikido unless there is a clear and onerous burden on the other participants.
I'm not suggesting that one's religious beliefs should be adandoned. I'm merely suggesting that they leave it outside the door along with their shoes, ego, and other personal, emotional, mental, religious, spiritual and sexist baggage.
Whilst, I agree that minor exceptions can and should be easily accommodated, I'm also suggesting that some give and take works both ways.