Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

While many clubs on campus were inactive, the religious clubs—Campus Crusade for Christ, Christian World Liberation Front, Latter-Day Saints, and the Newman Club—remained popular. In a blow to those clubs, the NOCCD Board of Trustees voted on October 14, 1976 to treat religious organizations as off-campus groups and charge them the normal fee for use of district facilities. In a four to three vote, board members agreed with the opinion of State Attorney General Evelle J. Younger (1918-1989) that declared “any club having devoting activities should not be allowed district assistance.” Younger’s opinion further stated that “California’s public schools constitute a secular setting and use of public school facilities by religious clubs can be considered tantamount to funding religious activities.” A capacity crowd jammed the meeting to await the board’s decision on the religious club fee issue. The decision was not well received, with the Hornet headline of December 17, 1976 announcing “Board Crucifies Religious Clubs.” The controversy lingered, and in 1978, a lawsuit was filed against the college for religious discrimination. On May 8, 1979, the FC Christian Club also confronted the NOCCD Board on the issue.
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