By Dan Hart
It’s no secret that California Governor Gavin Newsom’s (D) administration hates the church. Throughout 2020, state officials used every means at their disposal to shut down churches from serving their flocks, using COVID-19 protocols as their pretext. It took a lawsuit against Newsom and the Supreme Court’s intervention to give churches back their constitutional rights to remain open, just as businesses and other gatherings were allowed to.
Now, it is clear that California state officials aren’t going to let a little thing like the Constitution and the rule of law get in their way of attacking the church — they will find other ways to make life miserable for churches and the communities they serve, even if it means shutting down a preschool that served hundreds of families and their children.
On December 10, California’s Department of Social Services shut down the Foothills Christian Church Preschool in El Cajon for supposedly violating the state’s COVID-19 mask mandate. The state action also included suspending the preschool’s director Tiffany McHugh from working with children — for the remainder of her life. With such a severe penalty, one would think that deaths must have occurred under the preschool’s watch. So what was the school’s supposed crime? It was the grave offense of not being able to force two and three-year-olds to keep their masks on throughout the entire school day.