Antonin Scalia proved conservatives right. In 1960, conservatives expressed grave concern over the possible election of John F. Kennedy.
There had never before been a Roman Catholic president, and conservatives feared that if elected, Kennedy’s allegiance would be to the Catholic Church ahead of his commitment to the United States.
If it was unclear then what conservatives feared, Scalia showed us. His judgments were always dictated by his personal belief system, whether it was his belief in God, in the teachings of the Catholic Church or his reliance on the original U.S. Constitution as a kind of scripture.
In his personal view, the Constitution was no more a “living document” than religious fundamentalists think the Bibles is a living document.
Conservatives may have been wrong about JFK, but Scalia showed us every day for 30 years what could happen if a decision-maker had more allegiance to his personal religious beliefs than he did to the country he took part in governing.
Fred Jonas, Biscayne Park