Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is once again raising eyebrows, most recently by claiming the Constitution does not require the government to be neutral on religious matters. According to the Associated Press, Scalia also said that the United States has been blessed because we honor God.
Speaking at a Catholic high school in Louisiana, the conservative justice told attendees that there is "no place" in the constitution for the idea of seperation between church and state. He followed up by saying there was nothing wrong with the President or other government officials evoking God in speeches.
"To tell you the truth there is no place for that in our constitutional tradition. Where did that come from?" Scalia said. "To be sure, you can't favor one denomination over another but can't favor religion over nonreligion?"
"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," he said. "There is nothing wrong with that and do not let anybody tell you that there is anything wrong with that."
In November, Scalia compared LGBT people to child molesters in a statement in support of referendums determining civil rights. "What about child abusers? So should I on the Supreme Court say this is a deserving minority? Nobody loves them. … No, if you believe in democracy, you should put it to the people.”
The Supreme Court will hear arguments this year in a case challenging President Obama's health care program and whether or not it shields religious schools, charities and hospitals from being forced to provide contraceptives to female employees.
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