US Supreme Court raises middle finger to middle america

You gotta love Antonin Scalia, Bush’s new appointee to the Supreme Court one of George Bush’s favourite Supreme Court Justices.

While sitting in church, Scalia was asked how he deals with criticism over the separation of church and state. In response, he slowly lifted his middle finger:

You know what I say to those people?” Scalia replied, making the obscene gesture and explaining “That’s Sicilian.”


Americablog, a patriot, and a Christian to the last, expresses the indignation of millions of God-fearing households:

Scalia owes every Christian an apology. If a “gay activist” had done this, it would be the headlines around the world and the gay community would be apologizing for it for the next 20 years.

President Bush, is this still your favorite justice?

Thing is, if Scalia had been gay, he’d never have become a Supreme Court Justice. And so, nobody would have even noticed him waggling his finger.

6 thoughts on “US Supreme Court raises middle finger to middle america”

  1. Quick aside: Bush’s recent appointee was Justice Samuel Alito, not Antonin Scalia (see for a list of the members). Scalia was appointed by Reagan back in ’86. That’s how come Bush said, in his election campaign of ’00, that he wanted more Scalias on the court (which Americablog is referring to when it mentions that Scalia is Bush’s favorite).

    So, love ‘im all you like (I don’t; I think he’s dead wrong about virtually everything), but he ain’t even a Bush I appointee.

    (fyi, Bush I appointed Justices David Souter and Clarence Thomas, and Bush II appointed Chief Justice John Roberts in addition to Justice Alito)

  2. Oops. Thanks Thomas. Too much late night posting, too little brainpower and research skills applied.

  3. Well, actually, the middle finger is used in that gesture, along with the rest, so it’s obviously not correct to say “there wasn’t any middle finger”. “Not that gesture“, is what I was aiming at.

  4. Thanks for pointing that out.

    I’m not an expert on the etiquette of insulting and dismissive gestures, but I would have thought that both the (individually) raised middle finger, and the brushing the fingers against the chin gesture, are both pretty offensive to make in a Church.

    Is there a reason why one should be seen as less offensive than the other?

  5. Well, Scalia seems not to think that the gesture he made is obscene, which I think would make a difference between thoughtlessness and genuine swinishness.

    It was a mistake either way, “for reasons which must now be all too obvious”.

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