Skewers Fellow Supremes
October 24, 2003
By Paul Johnson, 365Gay.com Newscenter Washington Bureau
Washington, D.C.—In a scathing
attack on his fellow Supreme Court Justices, Antonin Scalia Thursday night
accused them of ignoring the Constitution whenever it suits their liberal
Scalia ridiculed the court’s majority decision
overturning the Texas sodomy law in a speech before an extreme right wing
group, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
The majority ruling “held to be a constitutional right
what had been a criminal offense at the time of the founding and for nearly
200 years thereafter,” he said.
Scalia then read portions of the decision in a mocking
tone of voice.
Scalia, who wrote his own objecting opinion to the ruling
told the Washington-based Institute that judges routinely throw-over the
original meaning of the Constitution when it suits them.
“Most of today’s experts on the Constitution think
the document written in Philadelphia in 1787 was simply an early attempt at
the construction of what is called a liberal political order,” Scalia said.
“All that the person interpreting or applying that
document has to do is to read up on the latest academic understanding of
liberal political theory and interpolate these constitutional understandings
into the constitutional text,” he said to thunderous applause.
The Institute, founded 50 years ago, is a private
conservative education organization which says its mission is to “enhance
the rising generation’s knowledge of our nation’s founding
principles—limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility,
free enterprise and Judeo-Christian moral standards.”
Scalia is a leading champion of the right. He was
nominated to the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan in 1982. In a New York Times
profile, Justice Scalia was quoted as saying that the problem with judicial
activism is “a modern trend called democracy,” adding, “It is simply not
compatible with democratic theory that laws mean whatever they ought to mean
and that unelected judges decide what that is.”
Democrats took aim at Scalia’s remarks Friday.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe said that “by mocking
the court’s ruling, Justice Scalia is showing that his intolerance also
makes him unable to respectfully disagree with his colleagues.”
“President Bush has made it clear that Justice Scalia
will be the model for any future nominations to the Supreme Court that he will
get to make,” noted McAuliffe.
“And, if that president is George W. Bush, the recent
decision overturning sodomy laws, as well as Roe v. Wade, will likely be
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