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Judge Antonin Scalia: 1936-2016

“The Constitution is not a living organism,” said Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  “It’s a legal document, and it says what it says and doesn’t say what it doesn’t say.” He memorably weighed in on Chabad Menorahs, the educational rights of handicapped Satmar Hasidim, the Arab boycott, yarmulkes in the military, Muslim head scarves at Abercrombie and Fitch, blue laws, and whether peyote is a sacramental right.  Sometimes referred to as the Supreme Court’s Jewish gentile, others claimed that his Catholic faith influenced his rulings. His response: “There is no such thing as a Catholic judge, just as there is no such thing as ‘a Catholic way to cook a hamburger.’” He later admitted there were only two teachings of his faith that affect his judicial work: “Be thou perfect as thy heavenly Father is perfect,” and “Thou shalt not lie.”

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