A group of concerned parents and a third-party foundation in San Diego have launched a lawsuit against California’s education leadership for forcing children to exercise ancient religions in the school curriculum.
The foundation in charge of the suit is the offshoot of a ballot measure committee created to defeat last year’s Proposition 16 that would have allowed employers, universities and other agencies to consider race, gender, ethnicity, and country of origin in hiring, enrollment, and contracting decisions. It would have overturned Proposition 209, which ended affirmative action in public education, employment, and contracting in 1996.
As pointed out by Christopher Rufo, the Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER) and a group of San Diego parents are filing a lawsuit against the state’s Board of Education over their “Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum” (ESMC) which includes promotion of Aztec chanting.
The CFER’s stance was expressed in a quote by the group’s President Frank Xu.
“The USMC's unequivocal promotion of five Aztec gods and the Yoruba religion through repetitive chanting and affirmation of their symbolic principles constitutes an unlawful government preference towards a particular religious practice. This public endorsement of the Aztec and Yoruba religions fundamentally erodes equal education rights and irresponsibly glorifies anthropomorphic, male deities whose religious rituals involve gruesome human sacrifice and human dismemberment. Alarmingly, this is only the tip of the iceberg with the ESMC being California’s trojan horse of CRT!”
CRT is the acronym for critical race theory, which asserts that race is not biological but instead is socially constructed to oppress people of color. The teaching of critical race theory is a hot political topic.
It was back in March that the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum was formally adopted by the California Department of Education. The outlier of this "diversity training" measure is that students are obligated to chant Aztec phrases in order to obtain the power to become warriors of social justice.
The legal representation for the parents argue that they don’t want their children getting roped into being obligated to chant Aztec chants, or feel the pressure to do so by their peers if they feel uncomfortable participating in the act.
“Under both the California and 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.”
The lawsuit demands California’s curriculum stop having schoolkids pray the Aztec and Ashe prayers, ones that seemingly instruct them to give thanks to Tezkatilipoka, Quetzalcoatl, Huitzilopocktli, Xipe Totek, and Hunab Ku.