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  • Justice Scalia: 'Don't Cram' Religious Neutrality 'Down Throats' Of Americans

    Conservative Supreme Court Justice Insists Government Can And Should Favor Religious Principles Over Non-Religious Ones

    "God has been very good" to America, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Saturday. "One of the reasons God has been good to us is that we have done him honor."

    The Reagan-appointee who will turn 80 in March was speaking to a small group at the Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, Louisiana. Calling it "a short but provocative speech on religious freedom that saw the conservative Catholic take aim at those who confuse freedom of religion for freedom from it," the Times-Picayune reports Scalia suggested the American people vote on whether or not America should favor the endorsement of religious principles over non-religious ones.

    "Don't cram it down the throats of an American people that has always honored God on the pretext that the Constitution requires it," Scalia said.

    "'God takes care of little children, drunkards and the United States of America.'" Scalia said, quoting the late French Cold War era President Charles de Gaulle. "I think that's true. God has been very good to us. One of the reasons God has been good to us is that we have done him honor." 

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    The AP adds that Scalia "told the audience... that there is 'no place' in the country's constitutional traditions for the idea that the state must be neutral between religion and its absence."

    "To tell you the truth there is no place for that in our constitutional tradition. Where did that come from?" he said. "To be sure, you can't favor one denomination over another but can't favor religion over non-religion?"

    Scalia last month suggested affirmative action has actually harmed African Americans by allowing them into colleges "that are too fast for them."

     

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    Hat tip: The Hill

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    • commented 2016-01-04 11:27:59 -0500
      You know, it’s funny how they use the phrase “cramming down (our) throats” so often… I wonder what else they like cramming down their throats, considering how often their side is found with rentboys…

    • commented 2016-01-04 11:11:54 -0500
      LR Wood: I stand corrected. Memory’s not what it used to be.

    • commented 2016-01-04 10:56:10 -0500
      Ronald Reagan appointed Anthony Kennedy.

    • commented 2016-01-03 17:07:43 -0500
      As I recall, the main reason that Scalia was confirmed by the Senate was that they had just rejected Robert Bork. (We really dodged a bullet on that one.) I always thought it bizarre that he was held up as such a sterling constitutional scholar, having read a couple of his opinions: he seems to specialize in answering the wrong questions.,

    • commented 2016-01-03 13:40:48 -0500
      YIKES what a fuckin’ idiot. it’s okay to cram religion, but not okay to respect for pluralism? Spends too much time on “hunting trips” with his buddy Dick Cheney—in other words, this is alcoholic dementia.

    • commented 2016-01-03 12:14:21 -0500
      I am unsure if Scalia is senile, or if he completely disregarded his law education, but with great certitude this man is a colossal asshole.

    • commented 2016-01-03 11:37:19 -0500
      Tell you what Scalia, Americans will quit cramming religious neutrality down the throats of Americans once Americans quit cramming religion down Americans throats. We are not a theocracy, never have been, and never should be. Religious freedom is for all religions, not just one!

    • commented 2016-01-03 09:47:08 -0500
      Scalia need mental care. A lot of it

    • commented 2016-01-03 08:02:35 -0500
      I am looking forward to him either stepping down or passing away quickly. The sooner the better so Obama can appoint someone to his seat before the election. The man is is not in his right mind to be a SC judge. Are there mandatory mental health tests along with physical checkups at that age and position? Or do we allow someone who is suffering from mental depletion due to age to just run a muck?

    • commented 2016-01-03 06:14:22 -0500
      Yet, the democratic congress did nothing to act about this when they had the chance. You see, this is why you put in preventative measures in anticipation. This man is clearly insane with power.

    • commented 2016-01-02 19:57:05 -0500
      He’s senile,

    • commented 2016-01-02 19:15:12 -0500
      This idiot must have failed histpry and politics classes. Every major Supreme Court decision has been done in defiance of christian tradition, all major advancements in society have been against traditional christian beliefs, and this country was founded in the freedom from religion, as proven by the first amendment (prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion) and multiple documents and letters from the founding fathers.

    • commented 2016-01-02 19:11:08 -0500
      Scalia is Constitution-illiterate. He lacks any real knowledge of the founding principles on the USA, for nothing in the Constitution hold for annointing religion as the cornerstone of democracy. The Bible is decidedly anti-democracy.

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