Favorite Scalia Quotes…

Couldn’t resist a couple of favorite quotes from Justice Scalia. 

On the war on terror: “War is war, and it has never been the case that when you capture a combatant, you have to give him a jury trial in your civil courts. It’s a crazy idea to me. … If he was captured by my army on the battlefield that is where he belongs. I had a son on that battlefield and they were shooting at my son. And I am not about to give this man — captured in war — a full jury trial, that is just crazy.”  –Remarks at University of Freiberg, Switzerland, March 8, 2006

“What is a ‘moderate’ interpretation of the text? Halfway between what it really means and what you’d like it to mean?” –Remarks before Woodrow Wilson Center, March 14, 2005

On religious faith in public life: “Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”–Speech before Knights of Columbus Baton Rouge Council 969, Jan. 29, 2005

Scalia has said this was the best opening line to one of his opinions:  “This case, involving legal requirements for the content and labeling of meat products such as frankfurters, affords a rare opportunity to explore simultaneously both parts of Bismarck’s aphorism that ‘No man should see how laws or sausages are made.'”–Dissent in Community Nutrition Institute v. Block (1984, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit)

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