On the death of Scalia

I have never, in all my 42 years, been so disappointed in my community.  The vehemence of which Scalia’s death is being abhorrently celebrated is, quite frankly, nauseating.

Scalia was a horrible human being. Most all, myself included, will acknowledge this.  The damage he has done will take us years to recover from, on many fronts.

Celebrating, actively, his death, makes us no better a human than he.  He is gone.  Dead.  No more.  So all the hatefulness, the cruel words, will not reach his ears nor eyes.

All you are doing is being increasingly cruel to the family he left behind.  And friends, let me assure you, it IS cruel.

You may hate the man and his actions.  But his family did not sit on the Supreme Court, they did not make the rulings and judgement calls.  Scalia did.  To sit there and punish the family that has survived him is a horrible act.  Make no mistake about it, it is a punishment.  You can no longer strike out at the man who did so much harm to the world, so your words will only reach a family that is mourning the loss of a deceased person.

I speak from very personal experience.  After my militant atheist husband passed away last year, I took the brunt of hatred from a large number of christians.  All their cruel words directed at my deceased husband fell on MY ears.

Many of my friends in the Atheist and Humanist community defended me, as best they could, from it.  And I am watching many of those same people do the exact thing they tried to protect me from.

The cruelty of a man does not define your humanity, nor should it.

Please, friends and family, we have much work to do to untangle the horrific mess Scalia left behind.  Let us focus on how to make the world a better place, and not on adding to the cold and cruel legacy that Scalia left behind.

We are better than this.  So let us act it.

Just be good.  The world will follow.

3 thoughts on “On the death of Scalia

  1. drshellking says:

    Admittedly, I have mixed feelings about it. I’m not happy that he has died; I feel a sense of relief that he is no longer able to legislate his regressive views that were at times an imposition on the lives (and at times, the deaths) of others.

    If there were some way for him to have stepped down, retired, or if he could have possibly changed and grown with time, that would have been preferable to his demise which I don’t celebrate. I do feel hopeful about his replacement, regardless of the reason for the necessity of it.

    Good post. It’s a generally a wise course of action to lead by example.

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