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Isn't it unconstitutional?

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Submitted by Cat (United States), Oct 11, 2006 at 02:46

For a lot of reasons, I hope I'm onto something here. But in any case-- after reading your column in The Sun-- this is the letter I sent to the airport:

"Under the 14th Amendment, all citizens are entitled to equal treatment in public accommodations. Licensed by the government, a taxi cab IS a public accommodation, in which, under your plan, the public is being treated to religious discriminatiion: Refused transportation for believing in a religion that doesn't prohibit alcohol. You're also giving official government support to the tenets of Islam, violating the vaunted separation of church and state. I would hope someone sues you on constitutional grounds; they'd have a really excellent case. Then too there's the old saw that a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich. Under the precedent you're currently setting, I'd have to imagine that a Muslim judge COULD. Or certainly, a driver could refuse to drive a customer who carried one in her bag.

The answer, for the drivers, is to find another profession if the one that they're currently in offends their sensibilities. On the grounds, presumably, of "religious tolerance" (involving the drivers) you're actually promoting religious intolerance towards everybody else. PC run amok.

Submitting....

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