SCOTUS’ Scalia Says There’s Nothing Wrong With Favoring Religion Over Atheism

Antonin Scalia. Photo by Stephen Masker.

In what is, quite frankly, a very brave speech from Supreme Court Justice Scalia, the conservative justice declared firmly that the Constitution has always guaranteed religious liberty, favored religion over atheism, and that America has prospered because of its love and respect for God. You just don’t hear prominent figures say this sort of thing anymore. Whether you think Scalia is nuts or you love his comments, you cannot deny the historical fact that “separation of Church and State” was never meant to exclude religion from the public sphere, only to keep the government from creating a national church or favoring one denomination over another (and even then, this applied originally only to the national government, not the states).

The following quote from Scalia is particularly remarkable:

“God has been very good to us. That we won the revolution was extraordinary. The Battle of Midway was extraordinary. I think one of the reasons God has been good to us is that we have done him honor. Unlike the other countries of the world that do not even invoke his name we do him honor. In presidential addresses, in Thanksgiving proclamations and in many other ways,” Scalia said.

“There is nothing wrong with that and do not let anybody tell you that there is anything wrong with that,” said Scalia.

For more, head to the story featured by Yahoo.com and published by the Associated Press, here: http://news.yahoo.com/scalia-dismisses-concept-religious-neutrality-speech-202953789.html

Photo: Antonin Scalia. Photo by Stephen Masker.

 

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