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Scalia Sounds Off on Religious Rulings
Associated Press ^
| January 25, 2005
| David Eggert
Posted on 01/25/2005 8:53:08 PM PST by Chummy
Scalia Sounds Off on Religious Rulings ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Tuesday that judges should look to historical practices when ruling on religious issues.
Speaking at the University of Michigan, Scalia criticized judges for using what he called "abstractions" to interpret religious issues when they should be looking to the text of the Constitution itself.
"The Constitution says what it says and does not say what it does not say," he said.
Scalia's appearance was sponsored by Ave Maria School of Law, a private school in Ann Arbor backed by Domino's Pizza founder and Roman Catholic philanthropist Thomas Monaghan. Scalia also is a Catholic.
Some of the Supreme Court's biggest and most contentious cases involve religion.
When an atheist challenged the words "under God" in the Pledge of the Allegiance, the justices settled the case last year without ruling on the merits. Scalia recused himself after mentioning the case in a speech and complaining that courts are stripping God from public life.
In early March, the court will take up two cases that question the constitutionality of government displays of the Ten Commandments. Courts around the country have splintered over whether exhibits in town squares and courthouses violate the constitutional principle of separation of church and state.
TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: annarbor; establishment; expression; faith; freedom; michigan; religion; right; rights; scalia; supremecourt; townsquare
posted on 01/25/2005 8:53:09 PM PST
""The Constitution says what it says and does not say what it does not say,"
Yeah, and it ain't over 'til it's over!
posted on 01/25/2005 8:56:26 PM PST
(Don't hate the player - hate the game!)
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Scratchin my head...I still don't have a feel of what Scalia's position is. The Constitution says what it says and does not say what it does not say," he said.
If "Congress shall make no laws....", then there should be nothing for the SCOTUS to rule on.
posted on 01/25/2005 9:30:33 PM PST
(Marines - end of discussion)
that should be "Congress shall make no law...."
posted on 01/25/2005 9:51:33 PM PST
(Marines - end of discussion)
The one pertinent fact is this; No where do we read "Seperation of Church and State", it simply is not there. God was integral to the birth of this nation as the Declaration of Independence makes so clear.
posted on 01/25/2005 10:28:30 PM PST
(Secularization of America is happening)
To: Brutal Truths
God was integral to the birth of this nation as the Declaration of Independence makes so clear. Michael Novak's book "On Two Wings, Humble Faith and Common Sense at the American Founding" is an excellent account of what the founders intended.
posted on 01/25/2005 10:43:04 PM PST
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