|Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia|
(1936 - 2016)
1. On the absurdity of the Supreme Court being moral arbiters for the nation:
On the evolving-standards hypothesis, the only legitimate function of this Court is to identify a moral consensus of the American people. By what conceivable warrant can nine lawyers presume to be the authoritative conscience of the Nation?
2. On God as the authority for law and government:
[T]he message [the Texas Ten Commandments monument] sends is that law and our institutions come from God.
3. On the fallacy of deferring to international law:
[International law] doesn’t show what the Constitution originally meant, and it doesn’t show what is fundamentally important to Americans today. It shows what’s fundamentally important to somebody else today.
4. On the absurdity of deferring to the "world community"
[I]rrelevant are the practices of the “world community,” whose notions of justice are (thankfully) not always those of our people.
5. On how restricting liberty can be legitimate, and Constitutional:
[The Texas anti-sodomy statute] undoubtedly imposes constraints on liberty. So do laws prohibiting prostitution, recreational use of heroin, and, for that matter, working more than 60 hours per week in a bakery. ... The Fourteenth Amendment expressly allows States to deprive their citizens of “liberty,” so long as “due process of law” is provided:
“No state shall … deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” Amdt. 14 (emphasis added) 
6. On the Supreme Court's legalization of "same sex marriage":
The opinion is couched in a style that is as pretentious as its content is egotistic. If, even as the price to be paid for a fifth vote, I ever joined an opinion for the Court that began: 'The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity,' I would hide my head in a bag. The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.
Words do have a limited range of meaning, and no interpretation that goes beyond that range is permissible.
 Bruce Allen Murphy, Scalia: A Court of One (New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 2015), 316.
 Peter Irons, The Steps to the Supreme Court: A Guided Tour of the American Legal System (Hobokon, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2012), 181. Scalia also said:
[The Ten Commandments monument is] a symbol of the fact that government derives its authority from God. And that is, it seems to me, an appropriate symbol to be on state grounds. (Ibid., 180).
 "Justices argue international law," Washington Times (April 24, 2005). Retrieved February 15, 2016, from http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2005/apr/24/20050424-112055-5829r/?page=all
 Kevin A. Ring, Scalia Dissents: Writings of the Supreme Court's Wittiest, Most Outspoken Justice (Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 2004), 158.
 Ibid., 288.
 Leada Gore, "7 best lines from SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia's same-sex marriage dissent," al.com. Retrieved Febuary 15, 2016, from http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/06/7_best_lines_from_justice_anto.html
 Antonin Scalia, A Matter of Interpretation: Federal Courts and the Law, ed., Amy Gutmann (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997), viii.