Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke at Princeton University on Monday where he was asked by a gay student why he equates laws banning sodomy with those banning bestiality and murder.
“I don’t think it’s necessary, but I think it’s effective,” Scalia told Duncan Hosie, noting that legislative bodies can ban what they deem immoral. “If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?”
Scalia claimed he was not equating homosexuality with murder (though it sure sounds like it) but, rather, drawing a parallel between bans on both.
“It’s a form of argument that I thought you would have known, which is called the `reduction to the absurd,'”Scalia said. “If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?”
Scalia knew his argument was falling on deaf ears (or at least ears that could hear bullshit) and deadpanned, “I’m surprised you aren’t persuaded.”
Later, Hosie said he wasn’t persuaded and that Scalia’s writings “dehumanize” gays.
The Princeton gig was part of Scalia’s book tour in support of Reading Law, though it came only days after the Supreme Court decided to hear cases that challenge the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop 8.