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Archive for Sunday, October 7, 2001

God bless America’ irks ACLU

October 7, 2001

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— Some parents, students and administrators are defending the school district's decision to keep a "God Bless America" sign up.

The school district posted the message on a sign outside Breen Elementary School after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The American Civil Liberties Union argues the sign violates the constitutional requirement of a separation between church and state.

School district attorney Phillip Trujillo said the words are a patriotic, not a religious, expression. He dismissed the group's assertion as "absurd."

The ACLU has said the phrase represents a "hurtful, divisive message" and that at least one parent has complained about the sign.

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