Civil liberties union won't challenge Nevada mayor's 'God Bless America' signs

Posted: Friday, November 07, 2003

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) The American Civil Liberties Union, which advocates strict separation of church and state, has nevertheless decided not to challenge Sparks Mayor Tony Armstrong's new ''God Bless America'' signs at city hall.

Richard Siegel, president of the state ACLU, told the Reno Gazette-Journal the signs are no concern because they are not specific to any religion.

Armstrong was outraged after the word ''God'' was removed from similar signs at city hall on the advice of City Attorney Chet Adams, who feared they could be viewed as a city endorsement of religion and would invite lawsuits. Armstrong then bought new signs with his own money and posted them Sept. 30.

Amstrong claims the ''God Bless America'' signs are national, not religious, symbols, and says he has received overwhelming support from the public.

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