Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Scalia's Warning

By Gary L. Bauer

Justice Antonin Scalia, speaking to a Catholic high school over the weekend, reminded conservatives about the high stakes in America's culture war. He said God has blessed America because we have honored Him.

"God has been very good to us," Scalia said. "That we won the revolution was extraordinary. . . I think one of the reasons God has been good to us is that we have done him honor." The justice added that nothing in the Constitution requires the government to be indifferent or hostile to religious expression.

He said if the country wants an agnostic government, then the people should vote on it. But, Scalia warned, the left is now trying to "cram" aggressive secularism "down the throats of the American people" through the courts.

"To tell you the truth there is no place for that in our constitutional tradition," he said.

My friends, Justice Scalia is exactly right!

He also happens to be the longest-serving current justice on the Supreme Court, appointed 30 years ago this year by President Ronald Reagan. He turns 80 in March, and while I wish Justice Scalia many, many more happy birthdays, I know that someday he will no longer be on the Supreme Court.

These two issues alone -- the fate of religious liberty in America and the composition of the Supreme Court -- should cause every man and woman of faith to get off the sidelines and redouble their efforts to make sure our values prevail in America's culture war.