Pa­tri­o­tism is for ev­ery­one

Metro USA (Boston) - - LETTERS & GAMES - BRIAN GRAU, VIA EMAIL LEA S., VIA EMAIL

man­ner as oth­ers in sim­i­lar con­di­tions and cir­cum­stances. A vi­o­la­tion would oc­cur, for ex­am­ple, if a state pro­hib­ited an in­di­vid­ual from en­ter­ing into an em­ploy­ment con­tract be­cause he or she was a mem­ber of a par­tic­u­lar race. The equal pro­tec­tion clause is not in­tended to pro­vide “equal­ity” among in­di­vid­u­als or classes but only “equal ap­pli­ca­tion” of the laws. The re­sult, there­fore, of a law is not rel­e­vant so long as there is no dis­crim­i­na­tion in its ap­pli­ca­tion. By deny­ing states the abil­ity to dis­crim­i­nate, the equal pro­tec­tion clause of the Con­sti­tu­tion is cru­cial to the pro­tec­tion of civil rights.

What this es­sen­tially means is that states don’t have the au­thor­ity to dis­crim­i­nate, which is what was be­ing done. Re: ‘Max’ (Metro, June 26-28) It’s re­ally a sad day in this coun­try when Matt Prigge can­not give a re­view of a movie with­out bash­ing the red states (es­pe­cially Texas), the Bi­ble Belt and pa­tri­otic movies. What’s wrong, Matt — be­cause these peo­ple don’t think the same way as you do, they are out­casts? FYI, there are peo­ple in THIS state and EV­ERY state who are God-fear­ing, flag-wav­ing pa­tri­ots who don’t fol­low along like a bunch of sheep. Wake up — or more im­por­tantly, grow up.

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