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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Scalia Gems

The Guardian offers a description of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's recent speech at Julliard. Here are a few gems.

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``The First Amendment has not repealed the ancient rule of life, that he who pays the piper calls the tune."

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In the late 1980s, the National Endowment for the Arts sparked a public and political uproar when it helped fund exhibits of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe's homoerotic images and a photograph by Andres Serrano of a crucifix immersed in urine.

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Scalia said Thursday he believes the government did not violate the First Amendment in the case of the Serrano photo - it did not pass any law to throw the ``modern day DaVinci'' into jail nor did it stop him from displaying his art, he said.

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``I can truly understand the discomfort with government making artistic choices, but the only remedy is to get government out of funding,'' he told the audience.

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``The line between protected pornography and unprotected obscenity lies between appealing to a good healthy interest in sex and appealing to a depraved interest, whatever that means,'' Scalia said in stating the court's position.

The result is that every small town in America must tolerate the existence of a porn shop, he said.

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