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Antonin Scalia Doesn’t Believe in Separating Church and State

Well this is… something.

Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court said in a recent speech that the whole “separation of church and state” thing isn’t in the Constitution.

Speaking to a group of students at Colorado Christian University, Scalia delivered the following gem:

I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what the secularists are trying to persuade them to be true: that the separation of church and state means that the government cannot favor religion over nonreligion… Our [the court‘s] latest take on the subject, which is quite different from previous takes, is that the state must be neutral, not only between religions, but between religion and nonreligion. That’s just a lie.”

Is it a lie? Is it really? I don’t know what Constitution Scalia is reading, but mine says pretty clearly that the government is prohibited from making any laws “respecting an establishment of religion.” If Scalia is confused about what that means, he can look to Thomas Jefferson for clarification:

I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state. ~Thomas Jefferson, to Danbury Baptists, 1802

Hmmmmm.

The whole speech is worth reading, but our favorite quote comes near the end:

Some of my colleagues have said, ‘Oh, we agonize a lot.’ I don’t agonize at all.

That explains a lot.

H/T to Wonkette for alerting us to this story.

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