from Reaction to Justice Scalia’s Death Reveals Pathologies of Social Media by Chelsea Samelson at Acculturated:

Yes, some of the so-called “humanists” of the progressive left revealed the true nature of their humanity in all its dark, disturbing glory in a few hateful tweets. That segments of our supposedly enlightened society would openly flaunt such disdain and disrespect for a soul in flight should disturb everyone, no matter what their opinion of Scalia’s judicial philosophy.

Scalia’s passing highlighted the depth of division in this country, a divide so deep it encourages some people to compromise their dignity for a few inflammatory tweets and destroys our natural instincts toward respecting the dead.

Antonin Scalia was someone’s son, someone’s husband, someone’s father and grandfather. He leaves behind his wife, nine children, and more than thirty grandchildren. Imagine if you can the grief and horror his family must have felt seeing Scalia’s name so quickly slandered. And imagine, if you can, the anger and darkness that must consume the souls of those who did the verbal slaughtering.

In fact, Scalia’s life and career on the Court offers a compelling example of how to bridge ideological divides and treat others with respect regardless of their political beliefs. Scalia was a dear friend of fellow Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and while they disagreed about the law, it was never enough to keep them from enjoying many dinners, operas, and New Year’s Eves together. In a touching tribute to her friend, Ginsburg said of Scalia, “We were best buddies.”

The hatred of the social media mob can be hard to avoid, but Ginsburg’s and Scalia’s friendship reminds us that respect and decency can still flourish in unlikely places – even in Washington, D.C.


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