U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia discussed religion and government during a speech at Colorado Christian University on Wednesday, the Denver Post reports.
Scalia spoke to more than 400 people — including state officials and lawmakers — during a lunch to mark the university’s 100-year anniversary.
“No principle of democracy is more fundamental than what has become known as the separation of church and state,” Scalia said.
The conservative justice lamented about the need for a balance in the separation of church and state. But he also criticized what he said was a growing effort to quash religion in politics and stressed the importance of religious freedom.
“There are those who would have us believe that the separation of church and state must mean that God must be driven out of the public forum,” Scalia said. “That is simply not what our Constitution has ever meant.”
But Scalia also warned that a religious preoccupation with the government “will destroy the church.”
(As a journalist, it’s interesting to note how different websites play this story. Liberal outlets are outraged, of course. The Raw Story called for his impeachment.)