As a sign of their judicial modesty, if reports in the aftermath of oral argument in the latest public prayer case are accurate. Chief Justice Roberts is said to be dismayed, worried sick that they will be impeached by irate Tea Partying Republicans in the House of Representatives. But Scalia let Roberts know he oughta grow a thicker skin and get over it. “You call this coercion?” yelled Scalia. “You can’t handle coercion, John. You let Obamacare survive, but no way are you gonna stand in the way of mandatory prayer for anybody who wants a zoning variance or a septic tank permit. We could care less what James Madison thought about it. And by the way, I don’t know about your friends, but my Tea Party buddies are all about Sharia law.”
Justice Scalia is also said to have persuaded two of his hitherto Roman Catholic brethren that it was high time to abandon that squishy enterprise for the true faith. Alito suggested Eastern Orthodoxy, but Scalia told him “not good enough.” So Wahhabists r Them, that is if the NYC print edition of The Onion is to be believed. Say what?–there is no print edition any more?
- Justice Scalia says he ‘fits right in’ in Texas (star-telegram.com)
- Highlights from the Oral Arguments in Town of Greece v. Galloway (patheos.com)
- The future of the wall of separation between church and state (constitutioncenter.org)