Letters to the Editor

March 5, 2014

Letters to the editor on religious freedom, silly stuff, Alzheimer’s, Shockers

The current debate about the need to protect “religious freedom” reminds me of the debate that took place in this country in 1883, the year that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1875 was unconstitutional. The Civil Rights Act provided that all persons “shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of inns, public conveyances on land or water, theaters, and other places of public amusement.” In explaining its decision, the majority of the court found that private acts of discrimination were simply private acts that the federal government was powerless to correct.

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