Scalia’s Inner and Outer Demons

scalia200px-Codex_Gigas_devilIn a recent interview, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia holds forth on the usual subjects such as originalism and repeats his view that “if a state enacted a law permitting flogging, it is immensely stupid, but it is not unconstitutional.” However, the most interesting part of the New York Magazine piece came with Scalia’s discussion of the supernatural. Scalia warns that the Devil has become much more “wilier” and harder to spot in society. It appears in both constitutional text and spiritual life the devil is in the details.

Scalia states that he believes that there is a Devil that continues to roam around doing mischief:

Scalia: “You know, it is curious. In the Gospels, the devil is doing all sorts of things. He’s making pigs run off cliffs, he’s possessing people and whatnot. And that doesn’t happen very much anymore. … It’s because he’s smart. … What he’s doing now is getting people not to believe in him or in God. He’s much more successful that way. … He got wilier.”

Interviewer: “Isn’t it terribly frightening to believe in the devil?”

Scalia: “You’re looking at me as though I’m weird. My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the devil! Most of mankind has believed in the devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the devil.”

It is not clear when the Devil shifted from “making pigs run off cliffs, . . . possessing people and whatnot” to more “wilier” devices, but he appears much more menacing. One could even wonder why he killed all those pigs to begin with. However, Scalia’s biblical reference may be slightly misplaced. Matthew 8:28-34 describes “demons” possessing pigs, which drown themselves rather than run off a cliff. Moreover, it was Jesus who sent the demons into the pigs at the request of the demons and as a result the town asked Jesus to leave:

“When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. ‘What do you want with us, Son of God?’ they shouted. ‘Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?’ Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. The demons begged Jesus, ‘If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.’ He said to them, ‘Go!’ So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.”

For the herders, the decision not to simply drive out the demons as opposed to agreeing to allow them to possess the local food supply might have seemed a curious bargain. However, Satan appears to have moved on himself from pig possessions and “whatnot.”

It is simply unclear what the modern version of a pig stampede is. Miley Cyrus comes to mind, but I again end up with the Green Bay Packers. As a Bears fan, I have warned for years how Aaron Rodgers and his spawn of Satan reveal themselves in their many game “possessions.” (It also explains why the Bears seem to run off a cliff whenever we play in Lambeau Field). After all, the dark anagrams for Lambeau Field include “Baleful Made I.” (I am ignoring the anagram for Antonin Scalia of “Satanical In No” as any reference to the jurist’s work on rejecting such things as cruel and unusual punishment claims).

Wilier indeed, Mr. Justice, wilier indeed.

95 thoughts on “Scalia’s Inner and Outer Demons”

  1. What the *%@# were pigs doing in a land populated entirely by Jews who obey a very strong religious edict against eating pork.

    1. You know, after all these years reading that passage, I never even thought of that!
      Really! What were pigs, the most unclean animal in jewish life, doing, in a herd, around there?

      “There on the hillside, a great herd of pigs was feeding. 12 And the demonic spirits begged him, “Send us into the pigs. Let us enter them.” 13 Jesus gave them permission. So the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs. Then the herd rushed down the steep slope into the lake, and about two thousand were drowned in the lake. 14 Now the herdsmen ran off and spread the news in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15 They came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man sitting there, clothed and in his right mind – the one who had the “Legion” – and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen what had happened to the demon-possessed man reported it, and they also told about the pigs. 17 Then they asked Jesus to leave their region.”

  2. “The kingdom of Satan is within you. Nowhere else. Look in the mirror.”
    -Epistle of St. Stupid to the Superstitians

  3. Ter ber,

    Scared? Of what? Oh, yeah, stuff that doesn’t exist does scare me.
    Fun? Not my job.

    Do you get to go out by yourself, on Hallowe’en? Not such a good idea, methinks.

    You don’t…drive a car, or operate heavy machinery, do you?

    I assume you don’t own a gun.
    I would guess NRA membership, though.

  4. As a matter of physics, the energy requirements for opening a portal (let alone a stable portal) to another dimension far far exceed anything you could generate with candles.

    Lucifer is a myth derived from previous myth (as so many myths are). In this instance, the archetype Lucifer exemplifies is found variously in Canaanite, Babylonian and Greek mythology. Particularly interesting is the Canaanite story of Attar who attempted to dethrone Ba’al. When he failed, he moved on to become king of the underworld. Why this is interesting is there is some evidence that Attar (like Lucifer) is a derivative myth from an earlier Canaanite tradition where Halel (a lesser god) tried to dethrone the mountain god El.

    Lucifer is not real except in his existence as a mythological archetype for a hero brought low by pride and/or overreaching ambition.

    The Devil doesn’t exist and he doesn’t make people do anything.

    People are perfectly capable of staggering evil with no supernatural assistance whatsoever.

    1. So none of you big brave boys are going to take the challenge. So the satanist’s are just playing with their balls and not talking to demons. Come on you guys whats a little pentagram on your bedroom floor. You think old crusty Darwin was right. You believe we have no souls. No afterlife.

    2. Gene,

      There was also Zoroastrians Angra Mainyu who opposed good in the world.

  5. Ter ber,

    OK, I did it. I met Lucifer, and he said he’d send anyone to hell who believes in him.
    Happy now?

  6. Do you think he’ll order his secret service protection to taser any trick-or-treaters dressed up like devils?

  7. RobinH45,

    And then there’s that EVIL eye at the top of the pyramid on the back of the dollar!!!!!!!!!!
    Hallowe’en seems to start earlier, every year.

    Ter ber,

    If you’ve done that entire procedure, I assure you that you are already that “somewhen else.”
    I guarantee it.
    Next time you see Lucifer, tell ‘im I said “hi,” and then get back on your meds.

    1. Bob, don’t tell me you are scared to summon him. I will not do it myself because IT IS REAL. Come on ….. prove to me I am wrong. I dare you to open up a gateway. A portal. Show me you are not scared to do it. Come on I know you believe in Darwin. Do it and report back to us. You and all your new friends you will make from the other side.

  8. For all the non-believers in Satan out there. I invite you to make a 4-5 ft. chalk/or water based magic marker pentagram on you gleeming wood floors of your living room. 3 large candles. Recite some “poems” from the Levay’s Satanic bible for a couple of nights. And I guarantee if Lucifer is busy, he will send somewhen else.

  9. apparently there are many who do believe in the devil. ex. their is a concerted effort to remove the word and name GOD completely out of existence.

    ex. the white house is built over a pentagram look up white house architecture . also research freemasonry. its built on the belief of the satanic. also research sra sexual ritual abuse. the elites who have stolen and continue to steal everything definitely believe in black magic/demons/ and worshipping the devil.

    the new world order or one world government which ever you call it. is designed for the worship of satan and his/her/its return to earth to rule.

    and scalia is one of the high masons. anyone 33rd degree and lower are not privy to the levels above well not all of them anyway. i mean they must have those who can keep the people distracted from the truth. scalia is only telling you what he believes and what he believes is how he became a supreme court judge.

    if you look at all the buildings built by masons you see the pentagrams and demon entities/ along with sayings that are purported to be black spells for prosperity , chaos, and ultimate power.

    reading the book of enoch which was removed from the biblical canons along with the book of melchezidek will also reveal the truth of the matter. the one thing not removed from the biblical canons is the edict to “stay clear of the watchers “!!!!

  10. In a sane country, someone with Scalia’s beliefs would be locked in a mental health facility and given treatment.

    And by the way – does he sodomize his wife? He’s never answered that question, but he somehow expects gay people to answer it.

  11. Unfortunately Scalia’s handle on Biblical literature is as poor as his judgement appears with respect to the law. The Devil didn’t exist at the time of the Gospels, it was invented later in Christianity as part of a “cosmic warfare” theology that gradually widened its scope from the persecution of heretics (the root of “heresy” is “choice”) to the identification of new, external threats.

    Satan in the Bible just mean’s “adversary.” In some cases, the Satan or “adversary” is placed in somebody’s path BY GOD to do God’s will.

    This happens, for example, in Numbers 22:22

    “And God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him.”

    The “cosmic warfare” theology comes from early church fathers writing shortly AFTER the time of the canonical Gospels, and is probably derived from the influence of Zoroastrianism.

    An early proponent of this view was Clement, who wrote in his first Epistle:

    “Who then are the enemies? Those who are wicked and oppose his will.
    Let us then serve in our army, brethren, with all earnestness, following his faultless commands. Let us consider those who serve our generals, with what good order, habitual readiness, and submissiveness they perform their commands. Not all are prefects, nor tribunes, nor centurions, nor in charge of fifty men, or the like, but each carries out in his own rank the commands of the emperor and of the generals.”

    This didn’t even start to become official doctrine until after the Council of Nicea in 330 AD, when the canonical Gospels were decided upon.

    1. This is so true.
      It is amazing that those who purport to know what the Bible says, don’t even know of its history and genesis. That is why I mentioned that Satan is really an honorific not a name. The name of the adversary is Lucifer, who was an arch-angel, and who fell from grace by questioning God’s plan for mankind.

      Scalia should read some of Bart Ehrman’s popular books on the Bible.

  12. If i was hungry enough I reckon i might say and do almost anything and believe almost anything to justify it. For some folks, it ain’t no different with power, or prestige, or whatever it is that feeds their souls.

  13. This is truly bizarre.
    In some ways I like Scalia, at least his lip service to the Constitution; although I have seen him violate it just as badly as any living document activist.

    But to hear him say, in public, that he believes in an actual Satan, Lucifer I would guess, since Satan is an honorific, is an amazing thing.

    It does lower my esteem for the reliability of his reasoning. Belief in mythology and superstition does not speak well for someone who is supposed to be an expert in facts and reality. You never know when the lord, or satan, may have a hand in his Supreme Court decision making. And since both of those entities are purely the product of imagination, Scalia’s or some other meme generator, those influences can be rather arbitrary and self-serving.

  14. Mespo,
    you are right on. The devil is trying to get out of Scalia, because he is worse than the devil. Isn’t it interesting that such a self proclaimed religious man would get his biblical quotes wrong? Broccoli comes to mind!

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