Friday 5 October 2012

Dogmatic literalism

Speaking to a rightwing US thinktank, US Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia couldn't have been clearer. The death penalty? The framers of the Constitution didn't think it unconstituional, so it can't be. Preventing abortion? "Absolutely easy. Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion." Homosexual sodomy? "Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state." 

Are constitutional literalists and biblical literalists just look-alike cousins, or are they neurotwins?

In minds like that, which came first, love of the absolute, or love of the ideas that are held so absolutely?

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