ROCKLIN, CALIF. 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.