Sunday, October 24, 2004

A Retraction

An alert and thoughtul reader of Dow Blog wrote recently informing me that I may have been snookered Rather-style in an earlier post regarding Antonin Scalia. The London Guardian had reported that Scalia said in a speech at Harvard that "sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged."

Apparently, the Guardian picked up this story from the Harvard Crimson. Shortly thereafter, the Crimson issued this correction:
The Sept. 29 news story "Scalia Describes 'Dangerous' Trend" misquoted Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as saying that "I even take the position that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged." In fact, Scalia said, "I even accept for the sake of argument that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged."

Scalia has made similar statements, tongue firmly planted in cheek, to make the point that while judges can and do have personal moral judgments, it is not their role to impose them on citizens.



0 Comments:

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home