U.S. Supreme Court

Scalia Defends Moral Judgment and Law Schools That Embrace It


Justice Antonin Scalia thinks moral judgment has a place in education.

Speaking to law students at Duquesne University on Saturday, Scalia urged the school to retain its Catholic identity, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

“I hope this place will not yield—as some Catholic institutions have—to this politically correct insistence upon suppression of moral judgment, to this distorted view of what diversity in America means,” Scalia said.

The educational establishment appears bent on eliminating diversity of moral judgment, especially moral judgment based on religious views, Scalia said. He gave an example of what he viewed as wrong-headed political correctness: a recent threat to sue a religious university to for offering only same-sex dorms.

Scalia was apparently referring to George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf’s threatened suit against Catholic University of America, which is phasing in same-sex dorms in an effort to reduce binge drinking and hooking up.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also covered the speech.

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