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Marine base in Hawaii to keep 'God bless' sign

HONOLULU (AP) - A Marine base on Oahu is keeping its "God bless the military" sign despite pressure from a religious freedom group.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Marine Corps Base Hawaii commander Col. Sean C. Killeen responded Friday to a request from the nonprofit Military Religious Freedom Foundation based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The sign reads, "God bless the military, their families and the civilians who work with them." It was erected after Sept. 11, 2001, and Killeen says it stands as a secular sign of support without inhibiting other religions.

Foundation founder Mikey Weinstein says his group represents 72 Marines on the base. He said the sign violates the Establishment Clause in the Constitution prohibiting promotion of one religion over another.

Weinstein said the group is considering a lawsuit.

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