It is not surprising that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is and has always been a theocratical Catholic. Scalia recently talked to a group of people at the Lanier Theological Library in Houston, Texas where he claimed that capitalism is deeply tied to a nation’s religious beliefs.
Scalia stated that “While I would not argue that capitalism as an economic system is inherently more Christian than socialism … it does seem to me that capitalism is more dependent on Christianity than socialism is. For in order for capitalism to work — in order for it to produce a good and a stable society — the traditional Christian virtues are essential.”
This would actually contradict the words of Christ who was far more about giving to the poor, and stressed economic equality throughout His ministry rather than hoarding of wealth. In Matthew 19, Christ says “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
There are many passages where Christ largely tells his followers to give to those who have little and that being rich is far from ideal. Capitalism, when unfettered, often takes from the poor and gives to the rich without balance or equity.
Scalia went on to claim, in flat out defiance of the Bible, that “The governmentalization of charity affects not just the donor but also the recipient. What was once asked as a favor is now demanded as an entitlement. The transformation of charity into legal entitlement has produced donors without love and recipients without gratitude. … It’s not my place or my purpose to criticize these developments, only to observe that they do not suggest the expanding role of government is good for Christianity.”
Basically, charity is not good for the people who receive it or anyone at all, apparently.
Scalia also attacked the Constitution’s First Amendment. He attacked the clause which reads that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”
Scalia stated that “The most disreputable area of our law is the establishment clause. A violation of the establishment clause that does not affect someone’s free exercise — there is no reason why you should have standing.” He was replying to a question about “the greatest miscarriage of constitutional justice” during his tenure.
Scalia has long sought to push religious bigotry into the public arena and argued that legislators should be allowed to force others to conform to the legislators’ religious beliefs.