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Freedom of Religion - Part 1

A California court ruled that a Christian student group's rights under the federal Equal Access Act were violated by a public school district's decision to ban them from school premises.

Key point 14-07. Public school property may be used during noninstructional hours by students for religious purposes if noncurriculum-related student groups are permitted to use school property during noninstructional hours.

Use of Public Property for Religious Purposes

* A California court ruled that a Christian student group's rights under the federal Equal Access Act were violated by a public school district's decision to ban them from school premises. A Christian-based student group (Fellowship of Christian Athletes, or "FCA") began meeting informally at a public high school for prayer and Bible study. Eventually, the group decided to seek formal club status at the high school, and applied for recognition as an officially sanctioned club, one with the avowed aim of having "a Christian presence on campus, [and influencing] others into the Christian faith." Recognition ...

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  • March 1, 2002

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