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A lawsuit has been filed against the state of California accusing officials there of requiring students to pray to Aztec gods of human sacrifice, an action that takes teachers there far beyond the allowable limits of educating students.
CBN has reported the lawsuit outlines how the state’s “Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum” requires “Affirmations, Chants, and Energizers,” which addresses deities both by name and title.
It also acknowledges them as “sources of power and knowledge, invokes their assistance, and gives thanks,” the lawsuit said.
That, essentially, is a “state-mandated prayer,” the case claims.
“The Aztecs regularly performed gruesome and horrific acts for the sole purpose of pacifying and appeasing the very beings that the prayers from the curriculum invoke,” Paul Jonna, partner at LiMandri & Jonna LLP and Thomas More Society special counsel, said in the report.
“The human sacrifice, cutting out of human hearts, flaying of victims and wearing their skin, are a matter of historical record, along with sacrifices of war prisoners, and other repulsive acts and ceremonies the Aztecs conducted to honor their deities. Any form of prayer and glorification of these bloodthirsty beings in whose name horrible atrocities were performed is repulsive to any reasonably informed observer.”
It is the California Department of Education that adopted the curriculum, the case explains.
CBN reported earlier that the curriculum has 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,” the report said.
It also includes a prayer from Yoruba, a spiritual concept that produced pagan beliefs like those in Santeria and Voodoo.
It was in a City Journal article that Contributing Editor Christopher F. Rufo describes one chant.
“Students first clap and chant to the god Tezkatlipoka—whom the Aztecs traditionally worshipped with human sacrifice and cannibalism—asking him for the power to be ‘warriors’ for ‘social justice.’ Next, the students chant to the gods Quetzalcoatl, Huitzilopochtli, and Xipe Totek, seeking ‘healing epistemologies’ and ‘a revolutionary spirit.’ Huitzilopochtli, in particular, is the Aztec deity of war and inspired hundreds of thousands of human sacrifices during Aztec rule. Finally, the chant comes to a climax with a request for ‘liberation, transformation, and decolonization,’ after which students shout ‘Panche beh! Panche beh!’ in pursuit of ultimate ‘critical consciousness,’” he said.
But, experts explained how the U.S. and California Constitutions disallow required prayers in public schools.
The agenda is “not a philosophy, dead mythology, historic curiosity, general outlook on life, or mere symbol,” but instead is a “recognized living faith practiced today both by descendants of the Aztecs and by others,” the suit charges.
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