Attorney: Raid on Christian school reflects state's 'intent to snuff out'

Thursday, June 20, 2019
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

no crossA Christian legal organization in Sacramento says one of its current cases could have "chilling implications" for Christian schools throughout the Golden State.

Christiannewswire.com reports that based on a false story posted on the Internet by a left-wing tabloid, the state raided the River View Christian Academy in rural northern California. Based on that rumor, the California Highway Patrol and a state agency believed the school housed illegal drugs, stockpiled weapons, and was preparing for an End Times apocalypse.

Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute – which filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the school in March – says there was no basis for the strong-arm tactics carried out in January.

Dacus

"Sixteen state troopers along with two canine units and a number of social workers invaded and raided this wonderful Christian boarding school to find absolutely nothing to justify the accusations that were made," the attorney tells OneNewsNow.

Dacus says instead of apologizing, the state is doubling down on its efforts to prosecute and regulate River View. PJI is now defending the school against a lawsuit filed by the state after a federal judge abstained and dismissed part of the original case.

"The State of California and its legislature and governor have clear intent to snuff out this Christian biblical worldview from society," he contends. "This is a very intolerant time now for people of faith in the State of California."

According to PJI, the state has now taken the position that it's no longer possible for a private boarding school to operate without extensive licensing and oversight by the California Department of Social Services. Such licensing, says the legal group, would require River View to "relinquish its moral standards" and give its students the right to "engage in spiritual and sexual exploration – which contradicts the goals of many parents who enroll their kids in RVCA."

Dacus goes on to say that if state authorities are allowed to get away with this, they and law enforcement officials in other "Blue" states will be emboldened to harass, intimidate, regulate, and violate the rights of other Christian schools and organizations.

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