San Diego parents are suing the State of California for including Aztec prayers in state-approved curricula, the Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER) said in a press release Friday.
The three parents are joined in their lawsuit by CFER. The lawsuit was filed against the state of California, the State Board of Education, the State Department of Education and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond in his official capacity, according to the press release. It contends that the proposed Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) violates the California Constitution’s free exercise of religion and no government aid clauses because it includes Aztec and Ashe affirmations in the curriculum.
“The ESMC’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 toward a particular religious practice,” president of CFER Frank Xu said in the press release. “This public endorsement of the Aztec and Yoruba religions fundamentally erodes equal education rights and irresponsibly glorifies anthropomorphic, male deities whose religious rituals involved 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!”
“The Aztec prayer component, in particular, worships five Aztec deities who invoked human sacrifice, human flaying and other inhumane acts,” Wenyuan Wu, Executive Director at Californians for Equal Rights, told the Daily Caller. ... (Read more)
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