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Amendment intended to guarantee rights is used to take them away

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To the editor,
Has anyone noticed the perverse use of the 14th Amendment by the U.S. Supreme Court, in the past several decades, in expelling God from our public school systems. The 14th Amendment was passed after the Civil War in particular to ensure equal treatment under the law for freed black slaves. A purpose that if you look at our history, it was seldom diligently applied to. I'd like to qualify that to say, at least until the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s and then it seems we moved quickly from 14th Amendment equal protection, to affirmative action. Yet around this same time we find the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment being diligently applied, or if we are describing the quality of this diligence, perversely applied, in cases to remove prayer and scripture reading from our public schools, which was a free exercise of religion, which should have been protected by the 1st Amendment, which should have been further strengthened by the 9th and 10th Amendments. They did this in the name of protecting the minority from the tyranny of the majority, where no tyranny was happening but for someone's hurt feelings.
Yet notice later, in the banning of the teaching of Creation in public schools and supporting of the teaching of evolution, no such protection was given to the minority,yet here there has been a clear tyranny of the majority in this. An amendment that was intended to guarantee men's rights has been used to take them away. How perverse is that?
John Demakowski