A man of Obama’s stature just can’t relate to a man of Scalia’s stature

By Tom Quiner


For the first time in history, a president won’t attend the funeral of a sitting Supreme Court justice.

The man who pledged to reach across the aisle and bring our nation together won’t walk across the street to attend Antonin Scalia’s funeral.

Mr. Scalia has been hailed as not just a brilliant jurist, but as a great human being. Clearly, a man of Barack Obama’s stature has trouble relating to a man of Mr. Scalia’s stature.

If you would like to gauge the depth of Scalia’s faith and character, the letter below gives you a glimpse.

In an era where left-leaning political types disparage God and beat the faithful down by wielding their mighty PC club, Mr. Scalia remained simply himself: a man who loved God; a man who believed in the resurrection; a man who surely walks with the angels today.

A man like Barack Obama simply could not relate to a letter like this:

September 1, 1998

Dr. James C. Goodloe
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
1627 Monument Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23220-2925

Dear Dr. Goodloe:

I looked for you unsuccessfully at the luncheon following the funeral yesterday. I wanted to tell you how reverent and inspiring I found the service that you conducted.

In my aging years, I have attended so many funerals of prominent people that I consider myself a connoisseur of the genre. When the deceased and his family are nonbelievers, of course, there is not much to be said except praise for the departed who is no more. But even in Christian services conducted for deceased Christians , I am surprised at how often eulogy is the centerpiece of the service, rather than (as it was in your church) the Resurrection of Christ, and the eternal life which follows from that. I am told that, in Roman Catholic canon law, encomiums at funeral Masses are not permitted—though if that is the rule, I have never seen it observed except in the breach. I have always thought there is much to be said for such a prohibition, not only because it spares from embarrassment or dissembling those of us about whom little good can truthfully be said, but also because, even when the deceased was an admirable person—indeed, especially when the deceased was an admirable person—praise for his virtues can cause us to forget that we are praying for, and giving thanks for, God’s inexplicable mercy to a sinner. (My goodness, that seems more like a Presbyterian thought than a Catholic one!)

Perhaps the clergymen who conduct relatively secular services are moved by a desire not to offend the nonbelievers in attendance—whose numbers tend to increase in proportion to the prominence of the deceased. What a great mistake. Weddings and funerals (but especially funerals) are the principal occasions left in modern America when you can preach the Good News not just to the faithful, but to those who have never really heard it.

Many thanks, Dr. Goodloe, for a service that did honor to Lewis and homage to God. It was a privilege to sit with your congregation. Best regards.


Antonin Scalia


  1. agent provocateur on February 19, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Reblogged this on Nevada State Personnel WATCH.

  2. stevegreer1 on February 20, 2016 at 8:12 am

    According to the DSM-V, the symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder are:

    -Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
    -Expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
    -Exaggerating your achievements and talents
    -Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
    -Believing that you are superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people
    -Requiring constant admiration
    -Having a sense of entitlement
    -Expecting special favors and unquestioning compliance with your expectations
    -Taking advantage of others to get what you want
    -Having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
    -Being envious of others and believing others envy you
    -Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner

    Any of those sound familiar? Of course Obama wouldn’t attend Justice Scalia’s funeral. There would be no way Obama could have made it about himself since it was obvious he had no love for Justice Scalia.

    • quinersdiner on February 20, 2016 at 8:18 am

      That is an amazing description. Your last sentence is the zinger. Thanks for sharing this.