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I’m just speechless. I wonder what Bush thinks of Antonin Scalia today. “Sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged” (The Guardian):

“He is the conservative bastion of the US supreme court, a favourite of President Bush, and a hunting partner of the vice-president. He has argued vociferously against abortion rights, and in favour of anti-sodomy laws.

But it turns out that there is another side to Justice Antonin Scalia: he thinks Americans ought to be having more orgies.

Challenged about his views on sexual morality, Justice Scalia surprised his audience at Harvard University, telling them: ‘I even take the position that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged.’

It seems unlikely that this is what President Bush meant when he promised to appoint more judges like Scalia to the court, should the opportunity arise. Crucially, Justice Scalia is one of the judges in favour of overturning Roe v Wade, the landmark judgment protecting abortion as a constitutional right. “

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Pam Spaulding

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