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Friday, March 18, 2016

Scalia’s Lesson For America

At a Catholic high school in Louisiana, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gave a lesson on religious liberty that every American should hear. Scalia pointed out that the Constitution completely allows government support of religion. This support has been a crucial part of American life and culture for hundreds of years. The First Amendment prevents the government from favoring one denomination over another, but that does not mean the government cannot support religion in general. Government support of religion was common practice until activist Supreme Court judges imposed their own policies in the 1960s.

Justice Scalia said that it is up to the American voters to decide if they want a strict prohibition on all government mention of religion. He said there is no constitutional reason to prohibit people from invoking God’s name on public property. Public officials and school children have the same free speech rights as everyone else. Justice Scalia is right to say that the Supreme Court has no business legislating from the bench. He knows that the role of the Supreme Court is only to interpret the Constitution according to its actual wording and original meaning. That is why he is called an “Originalist.”

Judicial activism is one of the greatest threats to American liberties today. A handful of unelected lawyers does not have the right to create new laws. Judicial activism cuts Congress, the President, and the voice of the people out of the picture. Supporters of religious liberty, free speech, gun rights, and our other constitutional protections should be aware that you need to oppose judicial activism. If judicial activism reigns supreme in America, none of our Constitutional rights is safe.

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