Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Antonin Scalia

It seems to me that the more Christian a country is the less likely it is to regard the death penalty as immoral. Abolition has taken its firmest hold in post-Christian Europe, and has least support in the church-going United

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One Year Later

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.  I rather suspect, based on how things are turning out, that Scalia spent the last year laughing his tail off in Heaven.

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Artur Rosman Spits on Scalia

    Some Patheos “Catholic” hatred was  unleashed against Justice Scalia by blogger Artur Rosman last month:   In other words, Scalia’s nationalist god is an idol, not the Christian God. You might say that in a pluralistic country like

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Scalia’s Greatest Hits

    Most judicial writing is so bad, riddled with jargon and bloviation, that only people paid to do so would ever bother to read it.  The late Justice Antonin Scalia was the exception to this rule.  His writing was vibrant,

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The Supreme Court: A Danger to American Democracy

  All of Justice Antonin Scalia’s judicial opinions tend to be memorable, but I think his dissent in OBERGEFELL v. HODGES will perhaps be his most cited opinion in what I expect to be a dangerous time for the American Republic over

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October 12, 1864: Death of Roger B. Taney

Death came for Chief Justice Roger B. Taney of the United States Supreme Court 150 years ago.  Nominated as Chief Justice by his friend President Andrew Jackson and had sat on the court for 28 years.  Although he had authored

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Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges

In times of war the laws fall silent.  That is from the Latin maxim Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges.  A  study of history reveals just how true that is, and Justice Scalia reminds us of that fact: U.S. Supreme Court

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One of Our Black Robed Masters at Work

Fred Biery, a Bill Clinton appointee, is a Federal District Judge down in Texas.  In order to satisfy two village atheist parents of a student who contend that their 18 year old “child” will be irreparably damaged if any prayer

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