The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a claim that the Mississippi flag contains a Christian symbol that represents state endorsement of a particular religion.
John Ellis Briggs, a Muslim, sought punitive damages of up to $77 million and a ruling to ban the flag from public display. He was appealing lower court dismissals of his claim the flag's Confederate battle symbol included the St. Andrew's Cross.
The high court Monday refused without comment to hear the appeal.
Since 1894, Mississippi's flag has contained the Confederate battle emblem, a blue X with 13 whites stars over a field of red.
Experts differ on whether the X in the Confederate battle emblem is the St. Andrew's Cross.