Last month, a group of parents filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Education over the new “ethnic studies curriculum” that requires students to “chant” to Aztec gods.
The impetus for the lawsuit came after the plaintiffs issued a letter to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, asking him to remove the chanting from the curriculum. The letter, dated August 24, went unanswered.
The lawsuit was filed by the Thomas More Society, a not-for-profit law firm dedicated to fighting for the rights of family and religion, on behalf of parents of students, as well as the Californians for Equal Rights Foundation.
“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,” said Thomas More Society lawyer Paul Jonna.
“Our clients are not opposed to having students learn about different cultures and religions, including the practices of the Aztecs.
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.”
The curriculum encourages teachers and students to “challenge racist, bigoted, discriminatory, imperialist/colonial beliefs” of which Christianity is considered a part. R. Tolteka Cuauhtin, the original co-chair of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, referenced his book “Rethinking Ethnic Studies”.
His book states that White Christians are responsible for committing “theocide” and replacing indigenous gods with Christianity. Cuauhtin claims people must work to “decolonize” America, through a method he refers to as “counter genocide.”
According to Cuauhtin, if Christianity can be successfully dismantled in American society, it will make way for a “regeneration of indigenous epistemic and cultural futurity.”