Scalia…..so much sense

scaliaLee v. Weisman (1992), a dissent from the court’s ruling that it is unconstitutional for a public school to have a clergy member offer a prayer at graduation ceremonies:

I must add one final observation: The Founders of our Republic knew the fearsome potential of sectarian religious belief to generate civil dissension and civil strife. And they also knew that nothing, absolutely nothing, is so inclined to foster among religious believers of various faiths a toleration—no, an affection—for one another than voluntarily joining in prayer together, to the God whom they all worship and seek. Needless to say, no one should be compelled to do that, but it is a shame to deprive our public culture of the opportunity, and indeed the encouragement, for people to do it voluntarily. The Baptist or Catholic who heard and joined in the simple and inspiring prayers of Rabbi Gutterman on this official and patriotic occasion was inoculated from religious bigotry and prejudice in a manner that cannot be replicated. To deprive our society of that important unifying mechanism, in order to spare the nonbeliever what seems to me the minimal inconvenience of standing or even sitting in respectful nonparticipation, is as senseless in policy as it is unsupported in law.….Justice Antonin Scalia

Who could add anything to this?  This is the man who some say was hateful.

I honor this man so much;  one of the few I wish I’d personally known. Humor, intelligence, fine character, and a love of this country and its faith. 

May he rest in peace and may God give peace and comfort to his family.  

What do you think of his writing in italics above?

Z

 

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14 Responses to Scalia…..so much sense

  1. bocopro says:

    “[U]nifying” and “inspiring” are to me the key words. What I find most difficult to comprehend (and this is coming from a non-practicing baptized Christian, remember), is how a democratic nation which still declares itself to be overwhelmingly Christian can have its traditions, its rituals, its customs, and its faith voted down by a minority numbering in single digits.

    Frankly I don’t care if the entire Judao-Christian religion system is based on myth and superstition. It’s a good system. If nothing else, it’s a behavior-modification paradigm which makes better neighbors, better friends, better parents, and better citizens than anything the atheists have to offer. Even if it’s nothing more than a carrot-and-stick scheme, a sort of Santa Claus for adults, it works quite well when left alone.

    And it’s certainly preferable to Islam for anyone who has any knowledge of history and a smidgin of common sense. It’s just amazing to me how liberals’ sense of tolerance so readily incorporates gays, transexuals, and a death cult which cuts off non-believers’ heads and turns women into shroud-covered chattel while working so hard to minimalize Christians and tradtionalists.

  2. bunkerville says:

    Marx:
    “Between capitalist and communist society lies the period of the revolutionary transformation of the one into the other. Corresponding to this is also a political transition period in which the state can be nothing but the revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat.”
    Obama promised us our transformation. With it, our cultural norms must be destroyed.

  3. Silverfiddle says:

    Scalia was a brilliant man, which is why the sour lefties hated him so much. He used a forgotten word: Toleration. It’s a good word and it fosters a healthy society. We’ve lost that, and we are poorer for it.

    Bocopro, as usual, hits the nail on the head. This nation was never 100% Christian, and for many, our shared and accepted Christian values acted as a behavioral correction tool or conformance mechanism more than some pathway to love of God and heaven. So, it provided us a values system apart from the loving salvation of Jesus Christ, and that in itself served everyone who lived here. Even the worst sinners –pornographers, strip club participants, drug users, whatever (a group that included Christians and church-goers, just so no one thinks I’m on a high horse here)–confined their activities to their hidden-away dens of iniquity out of respect for larger society.

  4. geeez2014 says:

    Boco: “It’s just amazing to me how liberals’ sense of tolerance so readily incorporates gays, transexuals, and a death cult which cuts off non-believers’ heads and turns women into shroud-covered chattel while working so hard to minimalize Christians and tradtionalists.”
    Not only do liberals incorporate gays and transsexuals but they seem to adore and protect that death cult which would kill gays and trans at the slightest provocation. Or NOT provocation BUT being gay.

    bunkerville; if we had an effective Congress and an honest media, and children still educated without indoctrination………….wow. But as it is…….very scary times

    SF: THAT’S IT! THAT is what I’ve often said here….whatever people want to do, DO IT if it hurts nobody else ….that’s how things used to be. The society in general didn’t welcome and champion those things in the past; but today…….
    there IS no respect for larger society.. I TOTALLY agree with you.

  5. Kid says:

    You know, society puts me in unwilling contact with a great many things I’m offended by and I don’t sue, nor could I if I wanted to. In America you don’t have a right to not be offended. In this specific case, let everyone know ahead of time there will be an opportunity for those interested to join in a prayer. Make it at the end of the proceedings. If someone doesn’t even want to be present they can leave at that point. Allowing these idiots to sue is not what the constitution intends.

  6. The passing of Justice Scalia, particularly at this point, is a torpedo filled into the hull of our ship of state.

  7. Bocopro,
    Frankly I don’t care if the entire Judao-Christian religion system is based on myth and superstition. It’s a good system. If nothing else, it’s a behavior-modification paradigm which makes better neighbors, better friends, better parents, and better citizens than anything the atheists have to offer.

    Hear, hear!

  8. Mal says:

    What Bocopro pointed out in his first paragraph about how a democratic nation that declares itself to be overwhelming Christian have their beliefs voted down by a minority in the single digits is something that has amazed me, too. Its called apathy. SAYING you believe in something and actually BELIEVING it and acting on it are two different things. A true democracy requires continual diligence by its people to ensure it remains intact. If we continue to allow our eductional institutions to keep hiring socialist teachers and professors to teach our most vulnerable minds, we will certainly lose the greatest society ever known to man.

  9. Antonin was informed by his Christianity.
    He had such a joy of life.
    Instead of insulating himself, he reached out to befriend his fellow justices whose political views were so opposite his.
    He obviously had much greater tolerance for the left than many on the left could return.

  10. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, we also want to ask ourselves “Why now? Nobody cared if somebody said a prayer before a meeting 20 years ago.” They’re usually not Christian prayers, they’re often “just” prayers for God’s blessings. Win/Winn …Atheists understood and seemed fine with it for years. That’s what troubles me, this big turn and attack.

    AOW…couldn’t agree more.

    Ed, WELL PUT…you are SO RIGHT about tolerance.

    Mal, ditto!

  11. Kid says:

    Z, This is all the Communist Active Measures that Comrade Brezmanov talks about. It started with the commies and LBJ killed JFK. One might even think today that George Orwell gave them ideas. (That just occurred to me).

    Since then we have Americans doing it to Americans as more and more continue to fall into this moronic philosophy of equality for everyone in everything – no one should be offended, etc etc.

  12. geeez2014 says:

    I sub’d for a history class today..’Futurism and Fascism”…interesting conversation….You could tell especially the Black kids (who I adore) were leaning toward the typical BS of “Republicans are fascists” that they hear…
    Until they were talking about how fascism is ‘big government’ and I said “Which party is for big government in AMerica?”
    Hmmmm….Fascism = Big Gov’t = Democrats.

    Oops! Did I need say more? nope. Several were nodding their heads in agreement with their sub!! HURRAH!!!

  13. Kid says:

    Good Stuff Z ! Part of the solution, one mind at a time.

  14. You broke through. 🙂

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