Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, speaking at Manhattan’s Congregation Shearith Israel, argued against the notion of a separation between Church and State.
“The founding fathers never used the phrase ‘separation of church and state,'” he said, arguing that rigid separation of religion and state â€“ as in Europe, for example â€“ would be bad for America and bad for the Jews. “Do you think it’s going to make Jews safer? It didn’t prove that way in Europe,” he said. “You will not hear the word ‘God’ cross the lips of a French premier or an Italian head of state,” Scalia said. “But that has never been the American way.”
I don’t think I really need to launch into a whole spiel about why this is kind of scary. One of the things establishment Jewish groups have gotten right over the years is their staunch opposition to any attempted blurring of the lines between Church and State. The scariness comes in when one considers that Chief Justice Rehnquist is about ready to retire and President Bush will seek to nominate an Ãœber Conservative to replace him. The only choices are Scalia who was appointed by Reagan in 1985, and Clarence Thomas appointed by Pops Bush. Thomas is a moron, a total judicial lightweight of nearly unprecedented proportions. That leaves Scalia.
Scalia failed to discuss how his advocacy for a more flexible approach towards religion in matters of state corresponds to his support of, uh, free love and stuff. At a recent speech he gave at Harvard University, the following was reported:
Challenged about his views on sexual morality, Justice Scalia surprised his audience at Harvard University, telling them: “I even take the position that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged.”
I must have missed that part of the bible.
Anyhow, Scalia received a standing ovation from the crowd at Shearith Israel, America’s oldest congregation, ironically founded by Sephardic Jews escaping the Inquisition in Brazil 350 years ago. What was that about the separation of Church and state again?