The day that "moral values" conservative and "devout Roman Catholic" Antonin Scalia flipped the bird in church.
BOSTON, March 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia startled reporters in Boston just minutes after attending a mass, by flipping a middle finger to his critics.
A Boston Herald reporter asked the 70-year-old conservative Roman Catholic if he faces much questioning over impartiality when it comes to issues separating church and state.
"You know what I say to those people?" Scalia replied, making the obscene gesture and explaining "That's Sicilian."
The 20-year veteran of the high court was caught making the gesture by a photographer with The Pilot, the Archdiocese of Boston's newspaper.
"Don't publish that," Scalia told the photographer, the Herald said.He was attending a special mass for lawyers and politicians at Cathedral of the Holy Cross, and afterward was the keynote speaker at the Catholic Lawyers' Guild luncheon.
"Don't publish that." That's just great, Tony. Not only do you make an obscene gesture in a consecrated house of God, you offend every Sicilian on the planet by claiming that it's a Sicilian practice. And then order the press to keep a lid on it.
Can you IMAGINE if some liberal judge - say Stephen Breyer - had done this?
The right-wingers would be screaming like insane banshees.
How much would like to bet that all you will hear them is stone silence?