01 April 2006

Boston Archdiocese Genuflects for Scalia

A freelance photographer has been fired by the Archdiocese of Boston’s newspaper for releasing a picture of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia making a controversial gesture in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sunday.

Smith snapped the photo of Scalia flicking his hand under his chin after a Herald reporter asked the conservative jurist his response to people who question his impartiality on matters of church and state.

Smith said Scalia said, “To my critics, I say, ‘Vaffanculo,’ ” while making the gesture. That’s Italian for (expletive) you.

[Boston Herald...]

Scalia is a supposed member of Opus Dei, the secret ultra-conservative subcult within the Catholic Church. Clarence Thomas and John Roberts are also supposed members, as is the Pope.

But that’s besides the point. The real issue here is that neocons can do no wrong, and if it seems like they can, you can be sure that it is the media’s fault.

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