Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia believes that in order for capitalism to succeed and for it to build a good and stable society, “traditional Christian virtues are essential.”
Scalia, a devout Catholic, appeared at the Lanier Theological Library in Houston, Texas on Friday to share his thoughts on Christian virtues and economic systems.
“While I would not argue that capitalism as an economic system is inherently more Christian than socialism… it does seem to me that capitalism is more dependent on Christianity than socialism is,” Scalia.
In the same speech, Scalia said that growing involvement of the government in charity interferes with the power of Christian churches.
“The transformation of charity into legal entitlement has produced donors without love and recipients without gratitude,” Scalia stated. “It’s not my place or my purpose to criticize these developments, only to observe that they do not suggest the expanding the role of government is good for Christianity.”
During a question and answer session, was asked the question of what is the “greatest miscarriage of constitutional justice” during his tenure, to which he replied the Constitution’s establishment clause, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” according to The Huffington Post.
Scalia has believed that the establishment clause should not halt religious beliefs from being given a place in the public square.
“The most disreputable area of our law is the establishment clause,” he said. “A violation of the establishment clause that does not affect someone’s free exercise – there is no reason why you should have standing.”
Sources: The Huffington Post