Much is being made across the liberal blogs today of Justice Antonin Scalia's interview in New York Magazine. I didn't find a thing surprising about it.
The Raw Story summarizes:
When asked about his morning media consumption, he claimed to “skim” The Wall Street Journal and Washington Times, but that he had given up on the Washington Post because it “became so shrilly, shrilly liberal.”
He told Senior that the Internet has “coarsened” people. “You can’t go to a movie—or watch a television show for that matter—without hearing the constant use of the F-word—including, you know, ladies using it,” he said. “People that I know don’t talk like that! But if you portray it a lot, the society’s going to become that way.”
On the topic of homosexuality and his judicial opinions on it, he said that “I have friends that I know, or very much suspect, are homosexual,” but that none have ever come out to him, possibly because of his strident belief in Catholic doctrine. He then taunted Senior, leaning in and telling her “I even believe in the Devil.”
When she expressed shock at his literal belief in Biblical text, Scalia responded, “he’s a real person. Hey, c’mon, that’s standard Catholic doctrine! Every Catholic believes that.” He then volunteered that while the Devil no longer “mak[es] pigs run off cliff,” he’s still quite active: “What he’s doing now is getting people not to believe in him or in God. He’s much more successful that way.” [Shades of The Screwtape Letters – Semp.]
“You’re looking at me as though I’m weird,” he continued. “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.”Nothing surprising about any of that. For years, Scalia has been rumored to be a member of Opus Dei, for the love of Francisco Franco!
In liberal blogosphere articles about the interview, the fact that Scalia objects to vulgar language in Hollywood movies (see paragraph two in the above quote) is repeatedly held up as evidence of how wacko he is.
Well, I'm on that wacko bus, too. I'm not a Puritan; I know that in some movies it's important to have the characters talk like the guys in Cook County Jail. But it's so prevalent now, even in movies that are presumably aimed at children, that I'd say Mr. and Mrs. Cornfed in Nebraska are perfectly justified to be resentful of those weird, liberal Hollywood people ("Do they talk like that around their own children?"), and be considering home schooling.
Being liberal doesn't mean you have to have the vocabulary of a sailor. [Sorry, Mike.]