November 3, 2018
Pilates sure are good for your health – until you get shot!
The two people killed at Hot Yoga Tallahassee have been identified as Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21.
The shooter was identified as 40-year-old Scott Paul Beierle, according to the Tallahassee Police Department.
Van Vessem was internist who served as chief medical director for Capital Health Plan.
The incident swiftly interrupted the gubernatorial campaign of Mayor Gillum, who was joined by former President Barack Obama earlier in the day in South Florida. Gillum tweeted he was “deeply appreciative of law enforcement’s quick response to the shooting at the yoga facility in Tallahassee today.”
“No act of gun violence is acceptable,” he wrote. “I’m in close communication with law enforcement officials and will be returning to Tallahassee tonight.”
The shooter appears to be a typical smug and virulent anti-yogist.
What I’m concerned about is this: will online platforms act to stop the online hatred against yogaists?
Anti-Yogaism is rising online, and people who are using hateful language against yoga practitioners on websites on the internet are responsible for this incident. It is anti-yoga speech that leads to these sorts of virulent attacks on yoga studios.
As a representative of the Yoga Poverty Law Center, I am hereby demanding that Twitter and Facebook shut down all anti-yoga speech on their platforms. Furthermore, it is time that Congress moved to create laws which ban anti-yogism speech from public life.
Anti-Yogist speech is not free speech. This speech incites violence. The Yoga Poverty Law Center supports the First Amendment, but not when it comes to people who are against yoga.
Anti-yogism has crossed the line once and for all. It’s time to move to protect the most vulnerable communities.
People are dead and the time is now to shut everything down, forever.