Sunday, January 23, 2005

A Fresh Quote from Antonin Scalia

"Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world."

-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia addressing the Knights of Columbus in Baton Rouge, LA, 1/22/05.

Before some ignorant liberal latches on to the word "fools" let me point out that Justice Scalia is making a biblical reference (I Cor. 4:10). He is in no way suggesting that we blindly follow anything.

6 comments:

Ian McGibboney said...

"He is in no way suggesting that we blindly follow anything."

Except for The Bible, of course.

Ragin Cajun said...

Funny, but no. Reason and objectivity are as important to faith as they are to science. Thus, I wouldn't suggest "blindly" following the bible either. That's more of a protestant thing if anything. Belief comes first and it comes from simply asking questions. If you want answers, you must first ask reasonable and objective questions (rhetorical questions don't count).

Ian McGibboney said...
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Ian McGibboney said...

I agree totally. But the quote itself troubles me. Believe what you want, but hearing a lifetime Supreme Court justice tell others to be fools and not be tainted by sophistication makes me wonder where his motives lie.

[edited for clarity]

Ragin Cajun said...

Being a "fool for Christ" simply means doing the right thing even when others may call you foolish. A fool in the eyes of secular society. The second part of the quote explains this somewhat, "have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world."

Ian McGibboney said...

So are you saying that "Christian" is the opposite of "sophisticated"? That doesn't seem fair.