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Old 04-03-2001, 11:35 AM   #3
Dojo: Open Sky Aikikai
Location: North Carolina
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 13
Public expression of religion is not appropriate in the dojo

I believe that it is inappropriate for an aikido teacher to make any references to specific religious beliefs during a class. As O Sensei stated, Aikido is not a religion. I would be very disenchanted if I were in a class in which a teacher mentioned Christianity or any other religion. I would be disenchanted NOT simply because I am not a Christian, but because Aikido should be open to people of all beliefs/non-beliefs. A teacher's exression of a particular belief links Aikido to a religion and runs a serious risk of alienating at least one student in the dojo. Keep religion off the mat.

Mike Carlin
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