Sunday, January 12, 2003

Scalia says courts misinterpret constitutional intentions on church-state relations

Scalia, the main speaker at an event for Religious Freedom Day, said decisions by his own court gave the judges in the Pledge case "plausible support to reach that decision." However, the justice said he believes such decisions should be done legislatively, not by courts. If critics of the Pledge of Allegiance persuaded the public it should be changed "then we could eliminate under God from the Pledge of Allegiance, that could be democratically done," said Scalia. The court's most conservative member was warmly received in Fredericksburg where his son, Paul, is a priest at an area Catholic church.

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