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Following a lawsuit by concerned parents, the state of California has agreed to remove a chant to the Aztec god of human sacrifice from its statewide Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC).

“The Aztec prayers at issue — which seek blessings from and the intercession of these demonic forces — were not being taught as poetry or history,” noted attorney Paul M. Jonna, partner at LiMandri & Jonna LLP and Special Counsel to the Thomas More Society, who represented the parents.

“Rather, the ESMC instructed students to chant the prayers for emotional nourishment after a ‘lesson that may be emotionally taxing or even when student engagement may appear to be low.’ The idea was to use them as prayer,” explained Jonna in a Twitter thread.

“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,” said Jonna when he initiated the complaint in September.  He continued:

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. . . .

Education activist Christopher Rufo — a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute who has been leading the charge against the teaching of critical race theory in public schools — wrote last year:

The chants have a clear implication: the displacement of the Christian god, which is said to be an extension of white supremacist oppression, and the restoration of the indigenous gods to their rightful place in the social justice cosmology. It is, in a philosophical sense, a revenge of the gods.

Rufo said the purpose of the new curriculum was to “transform California schools into factories for left-wing political activism.

“They have recast the United States as an oppressor nation that must be deconstructed and subverted through politics,” continued Rufo.  “The curriculum’s vision statement makes this aim explicit: it presents education not as a means of achieving competency, but as a ‘tool for transformation, social, economic, and political change, and liberation.’”

“The religious element of the ethnic studies curriculum, with direct appeals to Aztec gods, is almost certainly a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause,” wrote Rufo at the time.  “Public schools are prohibited from leading state-sanctioned Christian prayers; they would presumably be similarly prohibited from leading state-sanctioned chants to the Aztec god of human sacrifice.”

“We are encouraged by this important, hard-fought victory,” announced Frank Xu, President of Californians for Equal Rights Foundation, who joined parents in the lawsuit. “Our state has simply gone too far in attempts to promote fringe ideologies and racial grievance policies, even those that disregard established constitutional principles.”

How are you encouraged by this? Let us know your prayers for the public school system in the comments below!

(Excerpt from LifeSite. Article written by Doug Mainwaring. Photo Credit : Getty Images)

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Rose Rocha
January 24, 2022

Thank you Father God for this victory to remove the horrible practice. We forgive them and ask for them to come to the knowledge of the one true God. In Jesus name.

rob lennon
January 24, 2022

The movie Apocalypto by Mel Gibson

Lisa Shonts
January 24, 2022

Praise God for this victory in the “pulling down of this stronghold” against our children…
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
4) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5)Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;


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