Orange County Public School Graduation Moved from Megachurch After Complaints

June 8, 2005

Source: Los Angeles Times,1,2612556.story?coll=la-news-state

On June 8, 2005 the Los Angeles Times reported, "two Orange County public schools canceled this month's graduation ceremonies at a Lake Forest church after complaints they were violating the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state. Marc Lipoff, a senior at Northwood High School in Irvine, said Tuesday that he had threatened to sue if the school did not change the location from Saddleback Church, one of the nation's largest. Lipoff and the parents of a student at Serrano Intermediate School in Lake Forest complained separately to the Orange County/Long Beach chapter of the Anti-Defamation League. The Jewish group wrote similar letters to the schools in March, saying it was 'deeply troubled' by plans to hold the ceremonies in a house of worship."