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← The Dangerous Fallacy of Ceremonial Deism

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Justice William Brennan, who in 1984 was the first high court justice to refer to “ceremonial deism” in a written opinion, explained that the term covers religious references that "have lost through rote repetition any significant religious content." In other words, although the expression may appear religious, it is harmless because it is understood as having no religious meaning.

That opinion is just incoherent.

Religion is the only idea that can make an intelligent Supreme Court Justice look like a friggin' eejit, as Ignorant Amos might say.

Are you listening, Antonin Scalia?

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for a Catholic law school education, said Scalia. The beliefs and morals of a Catholic education are important in the writing of laws and formulating legislation.

Scalia said that while he can be a judge and be a Catholic, his beliefs as a Catholic are still of upmost importance.

Referring to protestors against the death penalty that he encountered on his way to the presentation, Scalia said, “If I thought that the Catholic doctrine held that the death penalty to be immoral, I would resign.”

Scalia explained that while he doesn’t make his judicial decisions based on his religion, he wouldn’t work with a judicial system that was counter to the laws of Catholicism.

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 03:56:03 UTC | #945635