Justice Scalia Calls for More Religion in Public Life during Pa. Speech

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Justice Scalia Calls for More Religion in Public Life during Pa. Speech


Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told supporters of a Catholic university in Pennsylvania that they should resist political correctness and a "distorted view of diversity" during a September speech.

Addressing attendees at an event marking the 100[th] anniversary of Duquesne University Law School in Pittsburgh, the ultra-conservative justice asserted that "moral judgment" is in peril in America.

"Our educational establishment these days, while so tolerant of and even insistent upon diversity in all other aspects of life, seems bent on eliminating diversity of moral judgment - particularly moral judgment based on religious views," Scalia opined.

He added, "I hope this place will not yield - as some Catholic institutions have - to this politically correct insistence upon suppression of moral judgment, to this distorted view of what diversity in America means."

Scalia also told the crowd, "The Rule of Law is second only to the Rule of Love. The here and now is less important than the hereafter."

But Scalia also might have made a tactical misstep. …

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