Scalia: ‘Don’t cram’ religious neutrality ‘down throats of American people’
By Rebecca Kheel –
The idea that the U.S. government should be neutral about religion is not supported by the Constitution and is not rooted in American history, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Saturday.
“God has been very good to us,” Scalia said at a speech at a Catholic high school in Louisiana, according to the Times-Picayune. “One of the reasons God has been good to us is that we have done him honor.”
Scalia, a Catholic, is one of the court’s more conservative members. He recently caused uproar over remarks on affirmative action.
On Saturday, he said the First Amendment prohibits the government from endorsing one religion over another. But, he added, that doesn’t mean the government has to favor non-religion over religion.
He argued that’s a more modern reading originating in the courts in the 1960s.
He also said there is “nothing wrong” with presidents and others invoking God in speeches, according to The Associated Press.
If Americans want to the government to be non-religious, he said, they should vote on it instead of courts deciding.
“Don’t cram it down the throats of an American people that has always honored God on the pretext that the Constitution requires it,” he said, according to the Times-Picayune.