Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court is a master wordsmith. Just take a look at this excerpt from a speech he recently presented in California:
Now the Senate is looking for moderate judges, mainstream judges. What in the world is a moderate interpretation of a constitutional text? Halfway between what it says and what we’d like it to say?
Exactly! Once interpretation is liberated from the actual text, and its controls, it inevitably slides into “what we’d like it to say.” That’s true of interpreting any text, of course — the Bible included.
From National Review, September 26, 2005, page 6.
R. Albert Mohler Jr.
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