Posted by Brian at 6:44 PM
Hey Scalia--I am somebody, fuck you very much.
In his dissent in the most recent Ten Commandments case, Anthony Scalia wrote, and I'm quoting Siva Vaidhyanathan on Altercation here:
With respect to public acknowledgment of religious belief, it is entirely clear from our Nation's historical practices that the Establishment Clause permits this disregard of polytheists and believers in unconcerned deities just as it permits the disregard of devout atheists.
Gee Tony--I'm no Constitutional scholar, but it seems to me that when the 14th Amendment says "No state shall...deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws," that also means that the court, and by extension, the country, can't simply disregard them because they happen to believe in multiple gods, no god, or a god who created the earth as part of his third grade science fair project and then tossed it in the closet and forgot about it.
As Siva also so cogently points out, most of the Founding Fathers, who Scalia claims to have such a hard-on for, were of that third grouping--they were Deists--so if Scalia is really an originalist, there's no way he could have honestly come to the conclusion he did. He's a bigot, pure and simple, and the most activist of activist judges.