A lawsuit seeking the removal of the words "In God We Trust" from U.S. coins and currency has been dismissed by a federal judge. Atheists groups have argued that the motto promotes a religious message that violates the separation of church and state. Some have gone so far as to suggest that the act of engaging in commerce equates to spreading a religious message.
In his dismissal of the suit, U.S. District Judge Harold Baer, Jr. wrote "the Supreme Court has repeatedly assumed the motto's secular purpose and effect" and that federal appeals courts "have found no constitutional violation in the motto's inclusion on currency."
The judge admitted that it was possible that the plaintiffs were offended by having to use currency containing the motto but also ruled that they suffered no "substantial burden," ABC News reported.
The plaintiffs are expected to appeal the judge's ruling.