Speaking to Catholic high school students in New Orleans on Saturday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said there is "no place" in the Constitution that rules out the idea of keeping God in government.
"To tell you the truth there is no place for that in our constitutional tradition," Scalia said. "Where did that come from? To be sure, you can't favor one denomination over another, but can't favor religion over non-religion?"
The judge went on to say that U.S. presidents invoking God in their speeches is a good thing for the country. Scalia mentioned how other leaders of the world reacted hearing George W. Bush speak about God after the 9/11 attacks. From CNSNews:
Scalia said during the Sept. 11 attacks he was in Rome at a conference. The next morning, after a speech by President George W. Bush in which he invoked God and asked for his blessing, Scalia said many of the other judges approached him and said they wished their presidents or prime ministers would do the same.
More from Scalia's speech:
God has been very good to us. That we won the revolution was extraordinary. The Battle of Midway was extraordinary. I think one of the reasons God has been good to us is that we have done him honor. Unlike the other countries of the world that do not even invoke his name we do him honor. In presidential addresses, in Thanksgiving proclamations and in many other ways.
There is nothing wrong with that and do not let anybody tell you that there is anything wrong with that.