Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the longest serving Justice, died of apparent natural causes Saturday at a luxury resort in West Texas, the San Antonio Express News reported. He was a guest at Cibolo Creek Ranch, a resort in the Big Bend region south of Marfa, the paper reported.
He attended a party Friday night with about 40 people but didn’t show for breakfast. He was found dead.
The U.S. Marshal Service, the Presidio County sheriff and the FBI were involved in the investigation and there is no evidence of foul play.
Scalia was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan.
Why did it have to be Justice Scalia?
Justice Scalia and his wife vacationed with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. He did not let his views interfere with his friendships. He was funny, charming and beloved.
He was an opera fanatic.
In the photo above, Justice Scalia is wearing a replica of a hat worn by St. Thomas More.
The hat was a gift from the St. Thomas More Society of Richmond, Va. It is a replica of the hat worn by St. Thomas More in the portrait by Hans Holbein, the Younger.
So why wear it?
It might have something to do with Sir Thomas More’s martyrdom for religious liberty and the importance of abiding by one’s core values. It is well known that the president’s stance on religious liberty is to force the churches and orthodox synagogues to abide by the Obamacare mandate on abortifacients.
The Justice was a strong supporter of freedom of religion.
Sir Thomas More caught the attention of King Henry VIII for his exceptional work in the law courts. He was even knighted in 1521; but this is Henry the 8th we are talking about. A series of disagreements with the king and More’s strong defense of religious liberty led him to go up against the king, even refusing to attend the coronation of Anne Boleyn.
More was finally imprisoned due to his objections to Henry VIII’s separation from the Catholic Church and his refusal to take an oath that disparaged the Catholic Church. He was tried and found guilty of treason and decapitated.
More’s final words on the scaffold were: “The King’s good servant, but God’s First.”
More was beatified in 1886 and canonized by the Catholic Church as a saint by Pope Pius XI in 1935.
Justice Scalia, the country’s good servant, but God’s First.