I was on a family vacation last week when I learned of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Being unashamedly pro-life and a conservative, I knew immediately how his passing would affect the balance of power in the Supreme Court. Since then I’ve learned about the life of a very intriguing gentleman.
Justice Scalia was a conservative icon and vigorous constitutionalist. He served 30 years on the Court and was praised not only for his intellect and deep understanding of the Constitution, but was larger than life, speaking up for life, family and religious freedom. He had a quick humor, an infectious smile, and was a good friend to many. Often in the minority, Justice Scalia criticized the increasingly liberal Court for drifting away from the text and original understanding of the U .S. Constitution, calling it a “committee of nine unelected lawyers,” whose constant playing with the Constitution interfered with the People’s right to govern themselves.
He criticized Roe v. Wade at every opportunity and continually urged the Court to overrule it. He defended the institution of marriage and the states’ right to limit it to one man and one woman. Through his writings, he continued to protect life, marriage and religious freedom. His passing leaves a great void on the bench and a great void in the lives of many, many people.
As I think about the life of this judicial icon, I can see how he used his gifts to speak into the lives of a nation, through his writings, opinions, decisions, but also through his friendship and “larger than life” love of LIFE! We each are gifted in ways that can have a positive impact on others. Let’s not be silenced by “political correctness,” but stand up and speak.
“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.” Associate Justice Antonin Scalia