Human Rights

6 Videos of Antonin Scalia That Will Make Your Head Spin

This guy knew how to be off the wall.

Photo Credit: CNN/YouTube

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the age of 79. Scalia, known for his conservatism, had some pretty outlandish views, given modern times. "I feel less comfortable when everybody agrees with me," Scalia once said in defense. "Words have meaning. And their meaning doesn't change." No argument there, Scalia. Watch below a few segments on the things he opposed most.  

1. The Internet

Scalia believed the Internet "coarsened American culture." You're really not going to like hearing what he thought of Facebook.

2. Cameras in the Supreme Court
C-SPAN has argued that allowing television cameras in the courtroom would be in the public's best interest. While several bipartisan members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), advocated to lift the ban against cameras in the courtroom for the recent healthcare case, Scalia did not. Scalia believed that seeing the process on live television would actually miseducate Americans, and that the courtroom back and forth wasn't really interesting anyway. "It certainly is gripping if you're answering the questions," Sen. Richard Blumenthal retorts.

3. Religious Neutrality

According to Scalia, God is good to the U.S. because Americans honor him. At a Louisiana high school earlier this year, Scalia said he does not believe the country’s constitutional traditions embrace religious neutrality. He told the audience at the Catholic school that there is “no place” in the country’s constitutional traditions for the idea that the state must be neutral between religion and its absence.

4. Gay Rights

Scalia wasn't too happy about Supreme Court decisions protecting gay Americans. Though gay marriage had been legalized nationwide earlier that year, during an appearance at Georgetown Law School in late November, Scalia expressed concern over the high court choosing which minorities get certain protections, the New York Times reported. “What? It’s up to me to identify deserving minorities?" Scalia said. "What about pederasts? What about child abusers?"

5. Abortion

Scalia was "adamantly opposed" to abortion, as he told CNN's Piers Morgan in a conversation about Roe v. Wade in 2012. But like almost all of his arguments, the best part is watching him struggle to articulate why. It's almost as entertaining as when he appears totally confused upon finding out that the Constitution doesn't mention women's rights at all.

6. Affirmative Action 

Perhaps Scalia's most scandalous argument came about in an affirmative action case when he suggested a "slower track" for some African American students, outraging celebrities from Rashida Jones to Donald Trump. Yes, Scalia was too racist even for Trump:

(Bonus): Trump's reaction:

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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