March 31, 2006

What a lovely guy.

No wonder he's Bush's favorite Supreme Court Justice.

In the Boston Herald:

Minutes after receiving the Eucharist at a special Mass for lawyers and politicians at Cathedral of the Holy Cross, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had a special blessing of his own for those who question his impartiality when it comes to matters of church and state.

"You know what I say to those people?" Scalia, 70, replied, making an obscene gesture, flicking his hand under his chin when asked by a Herald reporter if he fends off a lot of flak for publicly celebrating his conservative Roman Catholic beliefs.

Amid a growing national controversy about the gesture U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made Sunday at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the freelance photographer who captured the moment has come forward with the picture.

"It’s inaccurate and deceptive of him to say there was no vulgarity in the moment," said Peter Smith, the Boston University assistant photojournalism professor who made the shot.

Despite Scalia’s insistence that the Sicilian gesture was not offensive and had been incorrectly characterized by the Herald as obscene, the photographer said the newspaper "got the story right."

Smith said the jurist "immediately knew he’d made a mistake, and said, ‘You’re not going to print that, are you?’ "

Scalia’s office yesterday referred questions regarding the flap to Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg, who said a letter Scalia sent Tuesday to the Herald defending his gesture at the cathedral "speaks for itself."

"He has no further comment," Arberg said.
Ah... but he did, firing off a letter to the Herald accusing their staffers of "watching too many episodes of the Sopranos" and denying it was an obscene jesture.

Lot's of reaction in related articles says it is certainly not something one does in church.

And the photographer which released the picture ended up getting canned by the Catholic newspaper he worked for.


At 3/31/2006 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imagine that! The picture speaks a thousand words. Having lived in Sicily for 2 years while in the Military, that gesture certainly does mean "F?*K off." Do as I say, not what I do;or beter yet, do what I tell you to do because I am smarter, more ethical, and more religious than you. Just one more example of conservatives being hypocrites. Justice Scalia does not care if his behavior or words offensd the public because what he is doing, along with Bush, is doing the "Lords work." Alr-i-g-h-t, he'll figure it out.

At 3/31/2006 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How 'bout an example of liberals being hypocrites....professing to be Catholics, like Kerry, Kennedy and Evans but saying abortion is OK. Just tell me how that can be justified?

At 3/31/2006 3:25 PM, Blogger tiz said...

KERRY: I respect their views. I completely respect their views. I am a Catholic. And I grew up learning how to respect those views. But I disagree with them, as do many.

I believe that I can't legislate or transfer to another American citizen my article of faith. What is an article of faith for me is not something that I can legislate on somebody who doesn't share that article of faith.

I believe that choice is a woman's choice. It's between a woman, God and her doctor. And that's why I support that.

Tell me where he's saying abortion is OK. There is a difference between saying it's okay and saying the government has no authority to say it's against the law.

Back to Scalia, my favorite story about him has to be his hunting with Cheney right after the SCOTUS decided the 2000 election. I wonder who footed the bill for that.

At 3/31/2006 3:52 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You really can't figure that one out for yourself?

How about the fact that some people don't feel they need to make it a criminal offense to not believe in the same things they do.

Is that a tough one for you?

Is it hard to imagine that someone wouldn't want to enact Catholic dogma into law for everyone, no matter if they're Protestant, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Buddist, Hindu, or Baptist?

That one just stumps you, eh?

How can someone believe in the tenets of their religion yet not want to force it on everyone?

You're not a big thinker, are you?

And I must have missed it when Kerry made that statement saying he thought abortion was just A-OK and peachy-keen.

At 3/31/2006 3:58 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Who footed the bill for that one?

We all did, in more ways than one.

And so will the next several generations, sadly enough.

At 4/04/2006 3:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps Scalia's gesture was really a gang sign for the Republican party? That's entirely possible you know....

At any rate, perhaps it's time for him to retire but not until we get a Dem for a Prez.


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