A group of evangelists preached to students at the free speech area outside the 400 building at Fullerton College on Wednesday.
One of the two evangelists, who went by the name of Christian, said that they are there to spread the good news and to let people know what Christ has done for us.
The free speech preach involved reading The Bible, answering people’s questions and at one point, John, the second evangelist, sang a hymn.
“We’re not here to baptize you,” John said during one of his speeches.
The free speech preach caused a lot of uproar not only between the Evangelist preachers and students, but also amongst students. An intense debate involving two students who had different religious beliefs even broke out at one point.
According to witness Jake Callaway, a PR major at Fullerton College, it breaks his heart to see the negative reactions. According to Callaway the crowd’s reaction consisted of agreements and disagreements, while others found it only interesting because it was entertaining.
Bystanders would yell “God hates everybody”, while the Evangelist would contrast the statement with “God loves everybody,” Callaway said.
“He has a message to give, it’s just not the ideal way to do it,” another witness named Christian said.
Another student, who requested anonymity, said that he doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with what the two men were saying. He continued to say that he understood why some students believed it’s a controversial topic, as religion is a touchy subject to most.
According to Steve Selby, the Director of Campus Safety at Fullerton College, they were there to ensure the safety of the campus and students. They do not, however, have the authority to stop them since they were in the free speech area of the quad.
This marks the second day in a row that evangelists have visited Fullerton College to exercise their First amendment. Tuesday, February 9 an unidentified older man visited the free speech zone a proselytized for about four hours.