The US Supreme Court today (March 7, 2011) refused to hear an atheist's appeal that challenged the US government's reference to God, according to the Cybercast News Service website.
Michael Newdow said government references to God are unconstitutional and infringe on his religious beliefs.
Newdow's appeal dealt with the inscription of the national motto "In God We Trust" on US coins and currency.
The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the phrase is ceremonial and patriotic, and "has nothing whatsoever to do with the establishment of religion." This court ruling remains valid, since the Supreme Court refused to hear the case.