Mario Piperni on Scalia

As Scalia Knows, Hate Needs to Be Carefully Taught

JULY 5, 2013 BY  

 

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You’ve got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You’ve got to be taught
From year to year,
It’s got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade,
You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You’ve got to be carefully taught!

~lyrics from South Pacific’s ‘Carefully Taught’

Indeed, teach them well.

Almost a month after the Supreme Court’s landmark decisions in favor of marriage equality were handed down, one son of dissenting Justice Antonin Scalia will speak in front of Courage, an organization that believes gays and lesbians should never have sex.

Overshadowed by his father for years, the similarly anti-gay opinions of Scalia’s son Paul, however, are beginning to attract attention as well. An important tenet of the younger Scalia’s position on homosexuality is his belief that being gay is not an immutable characteristic or identity.

In 2005, Scalia espoused this view in an article for the magazine First Things, where he warned about high school clubs that encourage tolerance of homosexuality, and readily label themselves or others “gay” or “homosexual.”

“[Labels] presume that a person is his inclinations or attractions; he is a ‘gay’ or is a ‘homosexual,’” Paul Scalia wrote. “At some point adults have to admit that a fifteen-year-old who claims to be ‘a questioning transgendered bisexual’ is really just confused.”

 Scalia’s general thought process is perhaps best summed up, however, in a 2012 article written for Humanum: Issues in Family, Culture & Science.

“In short, we should not predicate ‘homosexual’ of any person. That does a disservice to the dignity of the human person by collapsing personhood into sexual inclinations,” Scalia writes. “Indeed, the Church is still trying to find the right vocabulary to speak about this modern phenomenon … Either our sexuality is oriented in a certain direction (i.e. toward the one-flesh union of marriage), or it is not. We cannot speak of more than one sexual ‘orientation’ any more than we can think of the sun rising in more than one place (i.e. the orient).”

As one person noted, the bigot did not fall far from the tree.

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One response to “Mario Piperni on Scalia

  1. Anyone could start to tear this down just by focusing on the fact that GLBT is not a “modern phenomenon”. The Scalias apparently are quite ignorant of history of both same sex attractions and those who have lived their lives as the one they were not assigned to at birth.

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