Supreme Court Justice Scalia Just Dropped Bombshell on Battle Over Religion and Government [+video]

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said in an address over the weekend that the Constitution does not dictate that the federal government must be neutral between different religions or between religion and no religion at all. He added that God has been good to the United States in the past because Americans have honored Him.

Scalia gave the remarks on Saturday at the Archbishop Rummel [Catholic] High School in a suburb of New Orleans. The justice was appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986 and is the court’s longest serving member.

“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?”

The First Amendment to the Constitution provides, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

Scalia also said there is “nothing wrong” with the idea of presidents and others invoking God in speeches.

Scalia told the audience that during the Sept. 11 attacks, he was in Rome at a conference. “The next morning, after a speech by President George W. Bush in which he invoked God and asked for his blessing, Scalia said many of the other judges approached him and said they wished their presidents or prime ministers would do the same,” the Associated Press reported. (Read more from “Supreme Court Justice Scalia Just Dropped Bombshell on Battle Over Religion and Government” HERE)

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  • Ginsterc

    Well said justice.

  • Paul

    At least we have one person in our Supreme Court that still respects God. I agree with him 100%. Additionally, I believe the main reason our nation is on a path of total destruction is directly as a result of the American people turning away from God. God made the US what it is (up to) today because the people cried out to Him – He answered our prayers and we ignored Him after we got what we wanted. Unless we turned back to Him, there is nothing we can do to save our nation and its people. Really sad situation.

    • Harvinsky

      You can count on it — we are under judgement right now.
      We have been cursed with a heathen president.

      • dennykray

        Here comes the Judge.

  • henryknox

    It is sad that media believes it a scandal for a Supreme Court Justice to interpret the Constitution the way it was intended by the framers. What happened to this country?

    • RWS

      Henry, I still work as a lawyer and was graduated from one of the country’s leading law schools — a comparatively “conservative” one. My professor of Constitutional law, considered one of the best Constitutional scholars, taught plainly that “original intent” — what the drafters of the Constitution really intended — cannot be determined (and doesn’t matter much anyway, as the Constitution is a “living document” and therefore must be considered to “evolve” over time, adjusting to the varying desires of the moment).

      This is, of course, not even specious: the plain language of the Constitution is easily explicable on its face (); we have detailled discussions in the the journals of the Constitutional convention and ratifying conventions, the private journals and correspondence of most delegates, and public debate (including the Federalist papers); and we understand Shakespeare, who wrote more lyrically, two centuries earlier, and other writers of fiction, non-fiction, and law (which may be an amalgam of the first two!). Yet the argument still is often made today by those who would subvert the Constitution or who are confused. And almost no one calls these false prophets on the premises from which they argue.

      • henryknox

        Yes, the Federalist Papers, which are one of the best explanations of the framers intent. Our Republic is meant for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.

        • RWS

          Today, more than ever, we clearly see that John Adams was right. And, in a nation which then was (nominally, at least) close to ninety-eight or ninety-nine percent evangelical Christian (the remaining population split about evenly between members of the Roman church and Jews), he almost undoubtedly meant “Christian” by “religious”.

  • Sue

    There is a God. Amen

  • Dan Williams

    It is time to rebel against this insane PC culture. We must urge our federal, state and local representatives, school board members, etc. to reject the lie that we must keep our faith and beliefs to ourselves out of fear of offending someone. Thank you Justice Scalia, for saying this, but please do not just say it to a Catholic High School; shout it from the rooftops to all who can hear your influential voice!

  • Dan Williams

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  • Kingdom Ambassador

    Yahweh, God of the Bible, blesses nations that look to Him as sovereign and thus His unchanging moral law as supreme (Deuteronomy 4:5-8, 28:1-14, etc.). Thus, America was blessed (became great and prosperous) as a result of the 17th-century Colonial governments of, by, and for God established upon His law.

    Conversely, He curses nations that reject His sovereignty and thus His moral law as supreme (Deuteronomy 28:15-69, etc.). Thus, America began to be cursed (by His long suffering, only incrementally at first)in 1787 when the late 18th-century founders replaced the Colonial governments with a humanistic government of, by, and for the people based upon capricious man-made Enlightenment and Masonic concepts.

    For more regarding these two polar opposite governments,
    Google online Chapter 3 “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.”
    Then find out how much you REALLY know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar and receive a complimentary copy of a book that EXAMINES the Constitution by the Bible.

  • Stephen Geiger

    It is too bad that more people do not have the understanding that Justice Scalia has.

  • aznative

    I reiterate
    On “Freedom of Religion”
    Freedom of worship was subverted to freedom of religion. The founders implied freedom to worship GOD, NOT Allah, NOT Buddha or any other diety or idol. At the time the U.S. was founded, the only lawful recognition of any diety was the Judeo-Christian God. Islam isn’t on the list and never was. In fact, it was outlawed in 1952 as being so opposed to our Constitution, that it was not compatible with our way of life. That law FORBIDS Muslim immigration. ALL Muslims in this country are here illegally.