The hearing regarding the State’s motion for a preliminary injunction against our school was held on Monday, November 18th. The State essentially claimed that they would suffer irreparable harm if we were allowed to continue operating for the duration of the court case.
However, the judge ruled in our favor and denied the State’s motion.
The judge’s reasoning was that she was concerned about the potential impact the State’s demands would have on our First Amendment rights. The judge cited Elrod v. Burns (1976), in which the court stated, “The loss of First Amendment freedoms, for even minimal periods of time, unquestionably constitutes irreparable injury.”
This ruling not only allows us to continue operating our school, but it allows us to continue fighting the State’s abuse of power.
We feel strongly, and our attorney agrees, that this has turned into an extremely important case. It is about more than just our school and its future. It is about the rights of the Christian community in California and ultimately throughout the country. Particularly, when it comes to the care and education of children.
The next step will be mandatory mediation, which is set for January, followed by the trial which will be set for April.
You can read Pacific Justice Institute’s full press release here.