Attorneys Petition Superior Court to Have Aztec Prayers Removed From California Classrooms

Parents in California are challenging a curriculum that forces their children to pray to Aztec gods.

Attorneys with the Thomas More Society filed a temporary restraining order with the California Superior Court on Sept. 24. The injunction asks that the Department of Education stop Aztec prayers in the classrooms.

“Our clients are not opposed to having students learn about different cultures and religions, including the practices of the Aztecs,” noted Paul Jonna, partner at LiMandri & Jonna LLP and Thomas More Society Special Counsel. “But the California State Board of Education’s approved Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum goes far beyond that by directing students to pray to Aztec deities. This portion of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum is not only offensive but blatantly unconstitutional.”

A lawsuit was filed last month on behalf of the Californians for Equal Rights Foundation, individual taxpayers and parents of school children. It came after the state superintendent of public instruction chose not to answer a letter with legal demands. The letter asked the state’s top educational authority to withdraw the Aztec prayer from the curriculum.

CBN News previously reported that the curriculum reportedly features its own “ethnic studies community chant” and recommends teachers lead students in a series of indigenous songs, chants, and affirmations, including the “In Lak Ech Affirmation,” which appeals directly to the Aztec gods,” according to the City Journal website.

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Source: CBN