Friday, October 11, 2013

Justice Atonin Scalia: More than a national embarrassment, he's just plain scary

No surprise that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a religionist.  His frequent commentary, books, and interviews have made his devout Catholicism very clear. 

But in a recent interview Scalia espouses his total and unabashed belief in Satan, the Devil … not in abstract terms; not as a metaphor for human misdeeds; but as a genuine living breathing entity that goes out of its way to create evil and make life on earth in opposition to all the goodness his God-thing had intended.   

The whole interview here:

Of particular interest is this startling comment in response to the interviewer’s incredulous reaction:

”You’re looking at me as though I’m weird. My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the Devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the Devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the Devil!”

I don’t know about you but that one statement sends shivers up my spine. It literally scares the beJebus out of me.

Let’s see if I have this right: Because some large percentage of people in this nation believes in the Devil, it somehow makes it more real, more valid?  As though when most of the Colonies accepted slavery as a natural condition, it made slavery right?  If most people 1000 years ago believed that a two headed calf was an evil omen, it made it so? This is how this life long appointee to the highest court in the land reasons?

Sure, lots of  Americans believe in the literal Devil; and my bet would be that a great many of them have intellectual shortcomings that places the Devil believing majority aggregate IQ below the national average. That's probably why the interviewer was taken aback by the Justice's belief... he expected better.
No doubt the highly religious marginally educated of Arkansas and Mississippi would be resoundingly in agreement with Scalia. To the more enlightened religionists the Devil is a metaphor, just like they prefer to interpret the creation story to be a metaphor for the Big Bang and evolution. Those are the people who have evolved past blind acceptance of fable as reality and are inching toward modernity.

But Scalia will have none of that.  To him, snakes talked, mules talked, Noah rescued two of every animal, and Satan walks the earth in human form…no doubt planning his next mass murder at a school, or encouraging homosexuality, or pushing people to accept a woman’s right to choose.

Scalia is a dangerous and ignorant man whose mind is ensnared in 13th century supernaturalism. He has made his position clear numerous times through his decisions and interviews, albeit, he'd obfuscate if asked straight on: to him the Bible comes before the Constitution. Period.  Scalia serves two masters, and the secular one invariably is taking it up the whazoo.

He'd make a great Supreme Court Justice, if the Supreme Court existed in the 13th century. What a narrow minded, stunted embarrassment to this nation.


NewEnglandBob said...

This is the kind of non-think that should cause millions of people to demand his impeachment.

Dromedary Hump said...

For sure.
Unfortunatly, there were be no appetite for impeachment...too many religio-nutters in this nation. Religion is too powerful..for now.

Analog Kid said...

There's also this tidbit:

SCALIA says he gets most of his news from the radio, from "talk guys, usually," and added, "You know who my favorite is? My good friend BILL BENNETT. He’s off the air by the time I’m driving in, but I listen to him sometimes when I’m shaving. He has a wonderful talk show. It’s very thoughtful."

Bill Bennett on reducing crime:

"You could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down."

Carl said...

I am not surprised by this nut he goes along the same as Michelle Bachman who thinks we are in the end times. The reason these nuts are in office is because we have so many nuts who vote them in. America not very intelligent to say the least.

Geoff said...

Maybe he is Satan walking the earth in human form!

Analog Kid said...

Bill Maher's reaction:

Dromedary Hump said...

As though believing in the Devil isn't bad enough, this lowlife holds up Bill Bennett as a bastion of reason? Now I'm even more disgusted.
Good for Bill Maher..he nailed it!

Carl: As long as we are the most religious nation we will always be cursed by leaders who are rationally impaired. Give it 80 years..we'll get better.

Geoff: Nah, just a religious whack of many.

Geoff said...

Antoninin Scalia is an anagram of "Anal ion in scat", which I think is an appropriate descriptive name for him!