A law firm from the Chicago area is attempting to sue the state of California’s Board of Education concerning its newly proposed “ethnic studies” curriculum, which allegedly mandates that students pray to Aztec gods.
The lawsuit was filed on September 3rd by the Thomas More Society on behalf of the Californians for Equal Rights Foundation, which is a group that has fought against California’s affirmative action bill, alongside the vast majority of taxpayers.
Back on the 26th of August, the Thomas More Society put forth a letter that demanded that the State Superintendent of Public Instruction stop the Aztec prayer from the state’s curriculum,. In the wake of not receiving any response at all, the group turned to the court by filing their lawsuit.
The lawsuit in question seems to allege that the curriculum is illegal to put out in any taxpayer-funded institutions because of the fact that the government aid of any religion is entirely “prohibited” throughout California.
The special counsel for the Thomas More Society, Paul Jonna, stated that the kids should not be made or even pressures to take part in these Aztec prayers, especially if their parents put forth civic and religious objections.
“Our clients have both a religious and civic objection to the Aztec prayer, and they do not want their children chanting it, being asked or pressured to do so, or risking ostracism if they refuse,” stated Jonna. “Under both the California and the United States Constitutions, they have the right to expect all branches of the state government, including the State Board of Education and the Department of Education, to respect this choice. Furthermore, all Californians have the right to expect that tax-supported public schools will not aid or promote this religion.”
California put out the new curriculum concerning “ethnic studies” back in March of 2021. The plan was promoted by a person who thought that the one way to fix colonialism is to throw support behind a “counter-genocide” of “white Christians.” A piece of the model curriculum seems to call on students to “challenge racist, bigoted, discriminatory, imperialist/colonial beliefs and practices on multiple levels.”
The lesson plan also contains a chant that worships the Aztec gods Tezcatlipoca and Huitzilopochtli, the god of war, along with a few others.
The chant included in the lesson plan read, in part:
In order to be warriors of love, of love, for our gente, representin’ justice, justice, local to global, global to local, global to local, ecological and social, social, justice, justice.
Not just thinkin’ and takin’ but makin’ things happen, with agency resiliency, and a revolutionary spirit.
Transformation, liberation, education, emancipation, imagination, revitalization, liberation, transformation, decolonization, liberation, education emancipation.
The President of Californians for Equal Rights Foundation, Frank Xu, issues the claim that the chant seems to signify the state’s “unlawful government preference” for the Aztec religion.
“The curriculum’s unequivocal promotion of five Aztec gods or deities through repetitive chanting and affirmation of their symbolic principles constitutes an unlawful government preference toward a particular religious practice,” Xu stated. “This public endorsement of the Aztec religion fundamentally erodes equal education rights and irresponsibly glorifies anthropomorphic, male deities whose religious rituals involved gruesome human sacrifice and human dismemberment.”