Saturday, March 04, 2006

Scalia and theocracy

What Scalia means by original intent

I came across this quote from Scalia while listening to an interview with Susan Jacoby on Mother Jones Radio. I don't know how I missed it the first time around.
"With respect to public acknowledgment of religious belief, it is entirely clear from our Nation's historical practices that the Establishment Clause permits this disregard of polytheists and believers in unconcerned deities, just as it permits the disregard of devout atheists." McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky 6/27/05
Okay the "devout" bit is just an insult, but the bit about people like me having no constitutional protection, yikes. Pretty much an echo of Bush Sr. but with the current power to definitvely "interpret" law. Jacoby clearly shows that Scalia doesn't have a leg to stand on constituionally here, but of course he just doesn't care. She is fairly convinced that this is Alito's view as well. Theocracy, ho!

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