This is all you need to believe in to be admitted to hallowed halls of the political arm of the religious right.
In an interview with New York Magazine, Justice Antonin Scalia said that he believed in the Christian demon.
The interview with Jennifer Senior turned to theology, with Senior asking if Scalia believed in heaven and hell. He said he did, but that he didn't believe you had to be Catholic to get into heaven. "I don’t even know whether Judas Iscariot is in hell. I mean, that’s what the pope meant when he said, 'Who am I to judge?' He may have recanted and had severe penance just before he died. Who knows?"
He added to Senior in a loud whisper, "I even believe in the Devil."
"If you are faithful to Catholic dogma, that is certainly a large part of it," he continued.
When Senior asked what evidence he'd seen that the devil existed lately, he said that "In the Gospels, the Devil is doing all sorts of things. He's making pigs run off cliffs, he's possessing people and whatnot."
"What he’s doing now is getting people not to believe in him or in God. He’s much more successful that way," he concluded.
He's way, way out there. He won't read the Washington Post or the NY Times either, but instead reads the Moonie paper, The Washington Times. He also says he doesn't hate teh gays.
But I’m not a hater of homosexuals at all.
Maybe he should reread his absurd argument of equating homosexuality to murder.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia compared homosexuality and murder on Monday as he argued at a Princeton seminar that elected bodies should be allowed to regulate actions they see as immoral. "If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?" Scalia said, according to The Associated Press.
The justice's comments are sure to draw attention with the Supreme Court set to enter the debate over gay marriage in its coming term.
Scalia was asked about controversial comments he had made in the past that argued that the constitutionality of subjects like the death penalty, abortion or sodomy laws were all "easy" to decide by considering the Constitution as understood by its writers.
Scalia said that while he did not believe such hyperbole was "necessary," he did think it was "effective" in forwarding his argument that legislatures should be allowed to ban acts they believe to be immoral.
"It's a form of argument that I thought you would have known, which is called the 'reduction to the absurd,' " Scalia said.
Scalia said he did not equate homosexuality morally with murder, but was making a point about the state's ability to regulate them.
"I'm surprised you aren't persuaded," he deadpanned to the audience member who asked him about his views