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SCJ Scalia defends religious freedom

In a Jan. 2 speech at Archbishop Rummel High School, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia criticized an interpretation of the U.S. Constitution that is hostile toward religion.

Scalia said while the First Amendment protects a person’s right to freely practice religion and keeps the government from favoring one religion over another, it does not mean the government cannot favor religion over nonreligion. Scalia said the American people should vote if they want a strict prohibition on government endorsement of religion. “Don’t cram it down the throats of an American people that has always honored God on the pretext that the Constitution requires it,” Scalia said. Scalia’s talk was sponsored by Archbishop Rummel and Catholic Community Radio.

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