Scalia Insists History and Tradition Should Decide Religious Court Cases

January 26, 2005

Source: First Amendment Press Release

Wire Service: AP

On January 26, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says judges should look to tradition and historical practices when deciding religious cases. In a speech last night at the University of Michigan, Scalia discussed the religion clauses of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and criticized how the Supreme Court considers some cases involving religion. Scalia, 68, said judges use what he called 'abstractions' � or judicial tests � to interpret religious cases when they should be looking to the text of the Constitution itself."