December 1, 2004

Get religion, any religion

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at December 1, 2004 3:28 PM

Slacktivist catches a scary quote from Justice Scalia:

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia used an appearance at an Orthodox synagogue in New York to assail the notion that the US government should maintain a neutral stance toward religion, saying it has always supported religion and the courts should not try to change that.

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"There is something wrong with the principle of neutrality," said Scalia, considered among the court's staunchest conservatives. Neutrality as envisioned by the founding fathers, Scalia said, "is not neutrality between religiousness and nonreligiousness; it is between denominations of religion."


One hears this a lot from the "Christian nation" crowd, and it's so incredibly disingenuous that I don't know why they even bother. Neither Scalia nor anyone else really thinks people should believe in something, no matter what it is—as if Scientology or Cthulhu worship is just fine as long as you're not an atheist. Especially not when people like Scalia are coming from a religion that claims it is the only way to salvation. No, what Scalia means here is not that just that the state should promote religiosity, but Christianity (and in the Slacktivist post, Fred Clark suspects that his use of "denominations" indicates only certain forms of Christianity).

Why Scalia thinks the Deist founding fathers had this in mind, I have no idea.

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I would trust the average Cthulhu worshipper more than the average Christian anyway... (I'm half joking, but only half...) I certainly have more in common with the former (on average)! Of course, thankfully I can meet people and not have to worry about average _anything_.

I'll spare you a longer rant. This particular topic can cause long rants on my part.

I think I might go ahead and sneak a sticker of a Star of David, a Menorah, or a Dreidle near the Christmas decorations some people decided to put up in our math department lounge.

Posted by: Mason | December 1, 2004 4:32 PM

Travis, I forgot to mention: You should download "Heaven is for Presbyterians" by the Frantics (better-known for Tai Quan Leap/Boot to the Head). I'll give you a copy if you want. It's pretty timeless.

Posted by: Mason | December 2, 2004 5:37 PM
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