Justice Scalia

Scalia’s legacy: undying fidelity to the letter of the law

Reprinted from the Press and Journal

Antonin Scalia believed in the Devil.

In a 2013 interview with New York magazine, the Supreme Court justice expressed shock when his interviewer thought it strange to believe in the Prince of Darkness.

“Isn’t it terribly frightening to believe in the Devil?” asked the liberal-minded questioner.

Scalia, in typical fashion, replied: “You’re looking at me as though I’m weird. My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the Devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the Devil!”

For that kind of folksy yet intelligent wit, Justice Scalia will be sorely missed.

The long-serving justice and conservative center of our nation’s highest court passed away unexpectedly at a resort in remote west Texas. Without missing a beat, President Obama and congressional Republicans politicized his death, not waiting 24 hours before announcing their plans for moving forward.

Republicans vow to block any Court appointment, while the president insists on nominating a replacement.

However the president and Congress settle the vacancy dispute, one thing is known: Justice Scalia is irreplaceable. He was a man of supreme intellect, of unwavering courage, of religious devotion and incisive prose.

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