School rallies to retain sign: The ACLU says the message 'God Bless America' divides kids by religion and is unconstitutional.
Ed Daley walks by a resturant in Alexandria, Virginia, September 13, 2001 with a sign reading "God Bless America" in memory of the victims of the September 11 terror attacks in New York and Washington.
A demand by the American Civil Liberties Union that Breen Elementary School in Rocklin remove a "God Bless America" sign prompted angry parents, students and administrators to rally at the school Friday evening.
About 250 people, many clad in red, white and blue, gathered to support the message, which was placed on a marquee in front of the school after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
Linda Kosturos, an instructional aide at Breen, said, "Rocklin has been closer than ever in the wake of the terrorist attacks. It's so sad this has arisen."
The ACLU contends that the words broadcast "a hurtful, divisive message."