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W hen school secretary Chris White pasted the words “God Bless America” on the marquee of Breen Elementary — a space usually reserved for bake sale announcements — she intended to make a patriotic statement in response to the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Now she said she’s surprised to find that her small sign has thrust the quiet suburban school at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills into the debate over the separation of church and state.

Reacting to word of the Rocklin dispute and others like it, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to approve a nonbinding resolution urging schools to post “God Bless America.” The vote was 404-0.

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