In the article “Is Jerusalem the capital of Israel?” (WJW, Oct. 16), law professor Bruce Ledewitz invokes Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s “deep ties to the Jewish community,” I have no doubt, as the classic saying goes, that someof Justice Scalia’s “(best) friends are Jews.”
For example, Nathan Lewin (also mentioned in this piece), was a law school classmate of his. And Scalia and Justice Ginsburg often attend the opera together.
But make no mistake about it: despite Justice Scalia’s protestations that the First Amendment means that “no one religion should be favored over another,” on the bench he is a documented enemy of Judaism. To wit, in the Mojave Desert Cross case (Salazar v. Buono), under Scalia’s tutelage, the Supreme Court effectively ruled that the Christian cross was a universal symbol andtherefore appropriate to adorn the gravestones of all deceased U.S. soldiers – including Jews! Yes, the same cross under whose aegis the Crusaders massacred Jews throughout Europe.
Justice Scalia is no barefoot hick; quite the contrary: the son of a college professor, he is an extremely cosmopolitan and well-read individual. And a devout, old-style Roman Catholic.
Therefore, the only logical explanation for his blithe dismissal of the validity and theological bona fides of the Jewish faith, would be a faithful adherence to Catholicism’s pre-Vatican II supersessionist theology.