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That Crazypants Antonin Scalia

Yeah you right. From Scalia’s interview with New York magazine:

Isn’t it terribly frightening to believe in the Devil?
You’re looking at me as though I’m weird. My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the Devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the Devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the Devil! Most of mankind has believed in the Devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the Devil.

I hope you weren’t sensing contempt from me. It wasn’t your belief that surprised me so much as how boldly you expressed it.

I was offended by that. I really was.

Zounds! I bet crazy old Scalia even believes that the cracker and the wine turn into God when the priest says hocus-pocus over it.

I’m snarking. I’ve had moments like that over the years, all involving Manhattanites — almost always media people — who have been gobsmacked that I believe in something that is standard Christian doctrine. Really? You really and truly believe that? Seriously? So many of the people who produce what we read and see have so little idea about what their own country is like.

And by the way, read that Scalia interview. I love that irascible old man. God grant him many years!

UPDATE: But do notice that Dan McCarthy picked out the part of the Scalia interview that doesn’t reflect well on the man.

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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