The fiery Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Antonin Scalia passed away in his sleep on the morning of February 13, 2016. With his passing, Washington paused to pay respects to his final journey.
In a speech delivered for his father’s death, Rev. Paul D. Scalia delivered a Roman Catholic homily that highlighted the judge’s commitment to his country. Rev. Scalia emphasised that the late justice’s beliefs underscored the way he served the country.
In a quote published in The New York Times, Rev. Scalia traced the late justice’s convictions in how he “understood that there was no conflict between loving God and loving one’s country, between one’s faith and one’s public service.”
Rev. Scalia also integrated what could be construed as a criticism of the US’ paradigm of the separation of the church and state in a line from his eulogy, “A blessing quickly lost when faith is banned from the public square or when we refuse to bring it there.”
This was in reference to how the Founding Fathers of the United States had based the legal backbone for the country’s constitution on Biblical principles, which had lost spiritual relevance due to the increasing banning of expressions of faith in public arenas.
Justice Scalia was reported dead “due to natural causes” after what was reported as an afternoon of “quail hunting and dining” in the famous Cibolo Creek Ranch in Shafter, Texas. While there were calls for an autopsy, particularly from Presidio County justice of the peace Juanita Bishop, Justice Scalia was pronounced officially deceased through natural causes by Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara.
It was legally permissible for Judge Guevara to make the pronouncement without an autopsy or seeing Justice Scalia’s body according to laws in Texas, according to reports from The Washington Post.
The Supreme Court has announced that it will drape a black wool crêpe on Justice Scalia’s vacated chair, the front of his bench as well as over the court’s entrance. The flags on the Supreme Court’s front plaza will also hang on half-mast for 30 days, to mourn Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing. These details were first reported by the ABC News.
Justice Scalia’s funeral service was held on February 20, 2016, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., attended by several heads of state of the USA, as well as other celebrities and notables.