SWAT-style raid on Christian school at center of lawsuit as California demands they teach sexual exploitation or be closed

By J. D. Heyes

The Leftist Democrats who own the state of California continue to demonstrate daily what life under totalitarianism really looks like, and yet far too few state residents seem to notice.

The latest example of Democrat tyranny involves a Christian school in northern California whose students and staff were recently victimized by a heavily-armed SWAT-style raid over a bogus report.

The raid has been followed up by threats of closure from California officials who claim the school is no longer operating within the law — statutes that would force it to abandon its Christian principles and allow for the sexual exploitation of its young students.

As reported by CBN News, the Pacific Justice Institute is representing the River View Christian Academy following a Jan. 19 raid “which terrified students and staff, consisted of 16 armed law enforcement from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), 2 canine units, and 17 social workers,” the legal group said in a statement.

Why the raid? Somehow, state authorities became convinced that the academy was housing illegal drugs, stockpiling weapons, ammunition, and food as it prepared for an apocalypse.

But the raid did not turn up any evidence of that claim, and yet no one from law enforcement even offered an apology, much less an explanation, according to PJI.

Here’s what the raid did accomplish, however: It opened the school up to scrutiny from California’s Left-wing bureaucracy, which swooped in and claimed the academy was violating all kinds of state regulations.

Though the school has operated continuously as a private education facility for a quarter-century and filed affidavits with the state education nannies at the California Department of Education like other private and home-school operations do, state officials began imposing daily fines, alleging that it is operating as an “unlicensed community care facility.” (Related: California State University bans Christian clubs, calls them “discriminatory.”)

PJI noted in its statement that with more state interference comes more control and a warped curriculum: 

The State is now taking the position that, due to recent legislation, it is no longer possible for a private boarding school to operate without extensive licensing and oversight by the Department of Social Services. But licensing is more than just an administrative headache—it would require the Christian school to relinquish its moral standards. For instance, the State requires that licensed facilities allow students to have the right to engage in spiritual and sexual exploration, which contradicts the goals of many parents who enroll their kids in RVCA.

The academy is operated under the ministry of Teen Rescue, a non-profit organization serving students whose parents want a ‘change of scenery’ and an alternate education environment for their teenagers. The Teen Rescue ministry was launched in 1989 by Phil Ludwig, and the group founded the academy four years later in 1993. 

The school now sits on a 250-acre tract of land in a rural northern California setting. Included on the campus are dorm rooms, a cafeteria, an athletic field, a library, offices, and, of course, classrooms. 

“Reading the State’s search warrant and legal filings, in this case, is chilling. This armed incursion on a faith-based school shows that the State wants nothing less than to take jurisdictional control over Christian education in California. This is rooted in its disagreement with millennia-old religious values,” said PJI’s lead attorney in the case, Kevin Snider.

Initially, PJI filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the academy in March, seeking a restraining order to halt the imposition of daily fines. The following month a federal judge abstained but dismissed part of the case, saying it should first go through the state’s administrative process. 

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As fines mounted and PJI began a vigorous administrative appeal, the state dropped its own process and filed suit against the academy in Shasta County Superior Court.

“In 25 years of practice, I have never seen this level of aggressive, militant, and ideologically-driven conduct by a State agency against a religious institution,” Snider said. 

“For years, as the public schools have become increasingly hostile toward parents, the courts have insisted that the parents’ option is to instead choose private education. Now, that fundamental right is also under attack.”

A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.

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16 Comments on "SWAT-style raid on Christian school at center of lawsuit as California demands they teach sexual exploitation or be closed"

  1. In these cases schools and people under attack like this need to personally sue the individuals in the state agency doing the harassment for civil rights violations, and make sure damages are paid by the individuals doing this, not the tax payer. Go after them personally and make it criminal, file charges the whole 9 yards. The reason this happens is they try to hide behind the government, but its individuals doing it and they should be held accountable.

  2. WOW, they are finding more ways to make it difficult to keep our children under the care of parents and GOD. I homeschooled two children, the first from 3 years old through 12 grade and then back to her age group in public school, the other from two years old to 6th grade, then continued with his age through public school to 12th. One went to college graduated 4.0, the other joined the Marines and at 25 is taking master level courses. I raised them both Christian from birth, one Father, in church every Sunday, only requirement for marriage, regardless of black, white, green, blue they were NOT to be unequally yoked, so please choose a Christian. I have a Christian granddaughter because her stepfather is. My Marine has lost his way, but train up a child in the way he should go and when he is older he will not depart from it. They are my inheritance and I claim them for the Kingdom of GOD. JESUS is my LORD and SAVIOR, choose you this day whom you will serve. As for ME and MY House, we choose to serve the LORD.

  3. When will the law-abiding citizens of CA decide they have had enough of the leftist crap and oust the crooks and petty dictators from their government?
    This raid, and subsequent faux legal processes to shut the school down, should give the rest of the state an idea of what is coming in their future if Sacramento doesn’t like what they are doing.
    Think not? Watch and see. North Korean style politics soon coming to CA. If this is allowed to continue.

  4. Joseph Ulman | June 13, 2019 at 6:47 pm | Reply

    Stockpiling weapons, ammunition, and food as it preparing for an apocalypse is not illegal. They had to throw in the illegal drugs to warrant the raid.

  5. read the Communist manifesto,…..of course this is their goal,
    They have told us it is.

  6. Seems to me those regulations clearly violate the First Amendment, therefore the State should be sued for violating the Constitutional rights of the students.

  7. Kalifornia – Karl Marx would be proud… Bernie might even move there – as close to the CCCP as anyone has gotten w/o total collapse.

  8. The radical leftists did the same thing in the Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, etc… it’s what radical leftists do. Well, that and much much worse if they gain the power to do much much worse.

  9. The rule of juristic law is a sick farce

  10. All you pricks that raided the school need to remember, that 1st of all, we can find out who you are, and 2nd, when the SHTF, there are many more of us than there are of you.

  11. Shoot to kill. Any Invader is still an Invader.Specially in California.

  12. Glenn Festog | June 14, 2019 at 8:31 am | Reply

    Who filed the complaint? Isn’t filing a FALSE complaint illegal in Californication?

    Oops, I forgot, Leftists are ALLOWED to break the law in California because they’re “special”. lol

  13. The Democrat party is the party of Satanism. They work to destroy. They want to make slaves out of all for their own good. This will be the death of them.

    This is also why they are so terrified of President Trump. He is cleaning up this crap and they know their end game is here. This is why they tried fake things to try to remove him, which only made him more focused on getting rid of all the scum.

  14. Dave Hardesty | June 14, 2019 at 3:45 pm | Reply

    What ever happened to the anti-Christian mantra on separation of church and state? Are they seriously trying to establish religion mandated by the state? It would seem so. It would seem they are attempting to do way with our 1st Amendment and establish atheism as the replacement religion. “Believe and teach our beliefs or we will force you to shut down.” Does that sound like freedom or slavery?

  15. Please San Andreas, do your thing and shove this shitt-hole of a state and all of the democRATs and liberals in it off into the Pacific.

  16. Dave Hardesty | June 14, 2019 at 3:56 pm | Reply

    Addendum to my earlier comment.
    The quote is not an actual verbatim is an effectual quote in that it conveys the message the state and anti-religious people are sending.
    In that the school is a private entity and apparently meeting the requirements for education in the state, as is determined by state mandated proficiency examinations as required by law, if Parents who pay money to send their children there for their education don’t like or agree with the school’s curriculum there is nothing to prevent them from enrolling their child in a different learning facility. Or are we to assume that these parents and children have no other choice and are held there against their will?

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