The US government lost an interesting personality when Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia died, somewhat unexpectedly, of a heart attack this past weekend. I think, as we look back on his tenure on the court, it is not unfair to point out that when it comes to religion, he was a walking disaster.
There are going to be lots of tributes to his legacy, but rather then listen to a recent summation (to throw some legal language in this post), I urge you to have a listen to this 2014 recording by Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks, who gives a scathing description of Scalia’s mistaken views of religion and government. [click on image to watch]
Add to that Scalia’s strong belief that in the Devil …. What you say? …. He took the devil as literal construct? You betcha! When challenged on this idea a few years back, his response was
Of course! Yeah, he’s a real person.
Have you seen evidence of the Devil lately?
You know, it is curious. In the Gospels, the Devil is doing all sorts of things. He’s making pigs run off cliffs, he’s possessing people and whatnot. And that doesn’t happen very much anymore.
So what’s he doing now?
What he’s doing now is getting people not to believe in him or in God. He’s much more successful that way.
And this was the person deciding our fate in the highest court in the land.