Attorney suggests Calif. out to eradicate Christian education

Friday, November 22, 2019
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with Bible 1An attorney defending a Christian boarding school is sounding an ominous warning to Christian homeschoolers and faith-based private schools in California should the state ultimately have its way.

A California judge has denied the state's request for a preliminary injunction in a case involving its attempt to shut down a well-respected Christian boarding school in rural northern California. While Brad Dacus of Pacific Justice Institute says the ruling from Shasta County Superior Court Judge Tamara Woods is good news, they are still facing a difficult battle.

"It's not over. We're still going to have to defend this Christian boarding school at trial," he informs. "But this is a good indicator usually of where the judge is headed when it comes to trial."

Dacus's legal group is representing River View Christian Academy (RVCA), which operates as a ministry of the religious non-profit Teen Rescue. According to the attorney, the state is wrongly contending that RVCA is not, in reality, a Christian academy but rather an "unlicensed community care facility" that should come under the jurisdiction of secular state regulations. That's despite the Academy having filed annual affidavits with the state for 25 years to operate as a private school.

Dacus

"… If the State of California gets their way and shuts this school down, they'll be looking to shut all the Christian boarding schools down in the state," Dacus warns. "And then they'll be moving on to just regular Christian private schools as well and even possibly homeschoolers."

In January, 16 armed highway patrol officers, two canine units, and 17 social workers raided the school based on a phony, online report that the school was a dangerous, End Times sect. In June, Dacus described the case as one that could have "chilling implications" for Christian schools throughout the Golden State.

The court has scheduled a trial for April 2020.

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