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Why is Justice Scalia Wearing Sir Thomas More’s Hat?
The Acton Institute ^ | January 22, 2013 | Joe Carter

Posted on 01/22/2013 8:19:47 AM PST by SumProVita

At most inaugural events the sartorial buzz is about what designer dress the First Lady is wearing. But yesterday everyone was more interested in a Supreme Court Justice’s hat. Many people were left wondering: Why is Antonin Scalia wearing a renaissance era painter’s hat?

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.acton.org ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; bhoinauguration; catholics; protest; scalia; scotus; thomasmore
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Personally, I concur with the idea mentioned in the article....that it was a form of protest regarding the evil tearing down of our Constitution by this administration.
1 posted on 01/22/2013 8:19:51 AM PST by SumProVita
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To: SumProVita

I pray for Scalia often. He’s the only common-sense Conservative on the bench anymore.


2 posted on 01/22/2013 8:35:10 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: SumProVita

“Truth to Power.”


3 posted on 01/22/2013 8:40:30 AM PST by eCSMaster (Palin was correct!)
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To: SumProVita

Gotta love Scalia.

Sure looks like a message, to all those who have eyes to see.


4 posted on 01/22/2013 8:41:02 AM PST by Claud
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To: SumProVita

Well how about that! Props to Justice Scalia.


5 posted on 01/22/2013 8:42:22 AM PST by exPBRrat
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To: rarestia

Scalia quite frankly ,frightens me as often as he delights me with his constitutional positions. I don’t trust anyone whose avowed mistress is his ego. It is not just liberals that have their elitists.


6 posted on 01/22/2013 8:44:18 AM PST by Cyman
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To: SAMWolf

Ping


7 posted on 01/22/2013 8:45:03 AM PST by snippy_about_it
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To: SumProVita


8 posted on 01/22/2013 8:45:30 AM PST by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: Cyman

We’ll never have another truly conservative court. The Warren court pretty much solidified SCOTUS as a political arm. Jurists are no longer impartial.


9 posted on 01/22/2013 8:45:54 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: SumProVita; Salamander

No question it was a protest...the hat was given him by a Thomas More society

and I’m not even Catholic to know that

I named my last Rott Beckett

and plan to name my one soon coming the same


10 posted on 01/22/2013 8:47:48 AM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: SumProVita

There are three branches of government: Executive, Judicial and Legislative.

If the Executive is tearing down our Constitution, why are the two other branches quiet and not doing something about it?

There seems to be a dictatorship by consent.


11 posted on 01/22/2013 8:51:49 AM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: SumProVita
renaissance era painter’s hat

?? Renaissance era HUMANIST, not painter. "Sir Thomas More (/ˈmɔr/; 7 February 1478 – 6 July 1535), known to Catholics as Saint Thomas More since 1935,[1][2] was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman, and noted Renaissance humanist. He was an important councillor to Henry VIII of England and was Lord Chancellor from October 1529 to 16 May 1532.[3] He was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1935 as one of the early martyrs of the schism that separated the English Church from Catholicism in the 16th century. In 2000, Pope John Paul II declared him Patron of Catholic Statesmen and Politicians."

12 posted on 01/22/2013 8:54:27 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: SumProVita

More was charged with Misprision of Treason after refusing to state an oath after the Act of Succession proclaiming King Henry VII and Anne Boelyn as legitimate heirs to the throne. It contained a clause repudiating any foreign authority, prince or potentate.


13 posted on 01/22/2013 9:00:07 AM PST by SvenMagnussen (TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY)
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To: SumProVita

Scalia: "Hmmph. I'll bet the dumba** doesn't even know who Sir Thomas More is."

14 posted on 01/22/2013 9:09:03 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: SvenMagnussen
He was lucky to get the sentenced commuted to beheading. Originally he was to be drawn and quartered.

Video of More's death from The Tutors.

If accurate he met his end bravely.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP-DYiJfw6g

15 posted on 01/22/2013 9:09:39 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: mware

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP-DYiJfw6g


16 posted on 01/22/2013 9:10:35 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: SumProVita

That would make Obama Henry VIII.

Only instead of seven wives, he probably has seven boyfriends behind the scenes in the White House.

And instead of standing for divorce, he stands for gay marriage, as he explained in his inaugural address.


17 posted on 01/22/2013 9:12:12 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: SvenMagnussen

...contained a clause repudiating any foreign authority, prince or potentate.

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In Henry’s case....that must have included the Prince of Peace... God Himself and HIS authority.


18 posted on 01/22/2013 9:17:26 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: knittnmom

Yep....St. Thomas Moore paid the ultimate price in giving his life for FREEDOM of CONSCIENCE. He is certainly a model for today!


19 posted on 01/22/2013 9:21:18 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: SumProVita

Only God could judge King Henry VIII on his Judgement Day and no other. The Act of Succession was a declaration by the Monarchy of independence from the Pope and the Catholic Church because the Catholic Church refuse to recognize Anne Boelyn as the legimate wife of Henry.


20 posted on 01/22/2013 9:30:13 AM PST by SvenMagnussen (TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY)
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To: SumProVita

Sir Thomas Moore, a Saint for All Seasons.


21 posted on 01/22/2013 9:31:51 AM PST by navymom1
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To: SumProVita

That’s appropriate ... His Execrable Majesty King 0bamao and the demonicRat Party have also repudiated the Prince of Peace.


22 posted on 01/22/2013 9:32:48 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: knittnmom

how many USSC law clerks come from the law school dedicated to his name? zero. (perhaps a few with whatshisname who makes it a point to not have all harvard or yale)

otherwise 100% come from harvard or yale. nobody from the real world.


23 posted on 01/22/2013 9:39:42 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: SumProVita

Would that we had someone of Scalia’s caliber who was not limited to silent protests by his position on the highest court in the land. Perhaps Scalia could take on a protege, like maybe Marco Rubio, and guide his thinking and encourage him to lead in a way that will protect the ideals that this country was founded on.


24 posted on 01/22/2013 9:40:17 AM PST by Eva
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To: 353FMG

You have accurately described the 3 branches of the FEDERAL government. The constitution describes the 3 branches of STATES and the FED GOV. We had best start to reassert those other oft unmentioned ones or only the fed gov will have any meaningful power.


25 posted on 01/22/2013 10:02:14 AM PST by DMZFrank
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To: SvenMagnussen

“...because the Catholic Church refuse (sic) to recognize Anne Boelyn as the legimate wife of Henry.”

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With good reason!

PS I did NOT judge Henry’s final outcome. You are correct that only God will do that. I can, however, discern whether or not his actions and their results are good or not.


26 posted on 01/22/2013 10:03:08 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: rarestia
He’s the only common-sense Conservative on the bench anymore.

Clarence Thomas

27 posted on 01/22/2013 10:04:31 AM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: ArrogantBustard

His Execrable Majesty King 0bamao and the demonicRat Party have also repudiated the Prince of Peace.

_______________________________________

Amen....brazenly and openly! I wonder just how many Americans actually saw and heard all of that during the Democrat Convention?


28 posted on 01/22/2013 10:05:49 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: 353FMG

I meant to say that the constitution describes the 3 branches of goivernment within our Federalist system as WE the PEOPLE, the STATES and the FED GOV. We had best begin to reassert the oft unmentioned other two or only the FED GOV will have any meaningful power.


29 posted on 01/22/2013 10:06:06 AM PST by DMZFrank
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To: SumProVita

It was a cold day.


30 posted on 01/22/2013 10:08:07 AM PST by Resettozero
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To: 353FMG

“why are the two other branches quiet and not doing something about it?”

I heard Pete Sessions respond to that question yesterday:
He said Congress wanted to address all the unconstitutional executive orders but know that Reid won’t give the issues the time of day in the Senate.

I say to Congress: DO YOUR JOB! Otherwise, you are in agreement with your silence!


31 posted on 01/22/2013 10:26:07 AM PST by RebelTXRose
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To: wardaddy; shibumi

I’m not much on the martyr mindset.

[Wiking Odhinn’s Hund Von Der Wilde Jagd and Wiking’s Cold Wind to Vahalla agree]

“Brothers will fight
and kill each other,
siblings do incest;
men will know misery,
adulteries be multiplied,
an axe-age, a sword-age,
shields will be cloven,
a wind-age, a wolf-age,
before the world’s ruin.”

It’s Ragnarök and röll time.


32 posted on 01/22/2013 10:35:21 AM PST by Salamander (Put some workboots in the drier. Recite Dr Seuss. Now you're a rapper!)
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To: 353FMG

Yes.

And political correctness has truly become tyranny with manners.

He is not touched because he is of the untouchable, protected class.


33 posted on 01/22/2013 10:37:38 AM PST by Salamander (Put some workboots in the drier. Recite Dr Seuss. Now you're a rapper!)
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To: Salamander
William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!

Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?

William Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!

Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!

From " A Man for All Seasons"

34 posted on 01/22/2013 11:00:35 AM PST by BartMan1 (...)
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To: eCSMaster

St. Thomas More’s final words, “I am the King’s good servant, but God’s first.”

I think that message rings loud and clear especially for a Catholic Christian Justice of the US Supreme Court. And while Mr. Justice Thomas doesn’t get his due, he is probably my favorite Justice of the Supreme Court: a real Constitutional originalist.


35 posted on 01/22/2013 11:01:14 AM PST by Frank Sheed (The injustice of trendiness is nearly dualistic in its isomorphism.)
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To: knittnmom
It's a visual cliche of a renaissance artist, in part deriving from Rembrandt's self portrait

Honestly, though, it's just a generic renaissance hat. You can find tons of portraits from that period where they're wearing pretty much that hat.

36 posted on 01/22/2013 11:18:00 AM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: BartMan1

Good movie.

Unfortunate ending.


37 posted on 01/22/2013 11:20:02 AM PST by Salamander (Put some workboots in the drier. Recite Dr Seuss. Now you're a rapper!)
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To: ArrogantBustard

“0bamao and the demonicRat Party have also repudiated the Prince of Peace”

And one day, He’ll return the favor.


38 posted on 01/22/2013 11:22:53 AM PST by Salamander (Put some workboots in the drier. Recite Dr Seuss. Now you're a rapper!)
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To: BartMan1
This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it,

I have long held that to be one of the most biting insults in all of English Literature.

39 posted on 01/22/2013 11:25:23 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: 353FMG
There are three branches of government: Executive, Judicial and Legislative.

Check here to see why that is wrong.

Oklahoma State Senator explains the real three branches of government. The first branch is The People.

40 posted on 01/22/2013 11:45:37 AM PST by itsahoot (MSM and Fox free since Nov 1st. If it doesnÂ’t happen here then it didn't happen.)
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To: DMZFrank
Three Branches of State Government

Oklahoma State Senator defines the government of the People.

41 posted on 01/22/2013 11:52:17 AM PST by itsahoot (MSM and Fox free since Nov 1st. If it doesnÂ’t happen here then it didn't happen.)
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To: itsahoot

Great speech.


42 posted on 01/22/2013 12:52:06 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Salamander
Matt 10:33 ...

His Execrable Majesty should read and heed.

43 posted on 01/22/2013 12:56:52 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: 353FMG

There are three branches of government: Executive, Judicial and Legislative.

If the Executive is tearing down our Constitution, why are the two other branches quiet and not doing something about it?

There seems to be a dictatorship by consent.


I can’t stop thinking about this. Where is the opposition to this revolutionary coup? Why are they all silent? So many crimes have been committed, atrociously unconstitional acts - what to speak of massive election fraud and an ineligible president.

Where are they? Are they on board/just greedy/sickening cowards, all of them?


44 posted on 01/22/2013 2:02:02 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Salamander
It’s Ragnarök and röll time.

Nice quote.

45 posted on 01/22/2013 2:05:23 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah

Perhaps we are already a dictatorship under the guise of an Executive branch with the total compliance and cooperation of the Judicial and Legislative branches.

Perhaps government is just a bunch of smoke and mirrors and the American people are incorrectly under the impression that they are still living in a republic but that the Gulags are under construction but that the schedule is a little behind.

Perhaps this was the last presidential inauguration and 11/6/2012 will be the last general election on record.


46 posted on 01/22/2013 5:12:23 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

yes, it is a generic hat, and without the feather it is also part of the usual costume of lawyers back then. But it was given to Scalia by the Acton institute to celebrate Thomas More day, so a lot of us think he’s not wearing it to send a message that he likes Rembrant.


47 posted on 01/22/2013 5:43:41 PM PST by LadyDoc
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To: 353FMG

I don’t think our Constitutional Republic is over. I think it’s deathly ill and we’re going to be having a healing crisis.


48 posted on 01/22/2013 5:58:36 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: 353FMG
If the Executive is tearing down our Constitution, why are the two other branches quiet and not doing something about it?

There seems to be a dictatorship by consent.

Seems to me that you answered your own question.

49 posted on 01/22/2013 8:15:53 PM PST by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SumProVita
BFD. We don't need more self-flagellation.

What's he going to do to bring the broken-man Roberts back into line?

-PJ

50 posted on 01/22/2013 8:23:40 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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