Scalia revisits TJ’s religious views [April 11]


Thomas Jefferson never intended to cut religion out of government, according to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  His visit to UVA Law School is covered in this morning’s Daily Press out of Newport News. Making the case that judges should adhere more closely to the letter of the law, Scalia “noted that both the Declaration [of Independence] and the Jefferson-authored Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom mention a deity,” according to the Daily Press. Yet, to Scalia’s dismay, many judges follow a “principle of neutrality”  that bar laws that put religion over nonreligion. Scalia’s visit was not just a stop in some kind of “God made this nation” cross-country tour. He was in town to receive the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Law, the top external honor at UVA.

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