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Scalia Advises Graduates: Stay True to Your Beliefs — Unless You're Hitler

By    |   Friday, 05 Jun 2015 11:19 PM

Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia poked some fun at commencement clichés Thursday during a speech at the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Maryland — jokingly invoking Adolf Hitler to caution graduates that "it is less much important how committed you are than what you are committed to."

"Never compromise your principles," Scalia, 79, said in dressing down one all-too-familiar graduation platitude, "unless, of course, your principles are Adolf Hitler's — in which case, you would be well-advised to compromise them as much as you can."

The remark brought chuckles from the crowd at his granddaughter's graduation from the all-girl's school in Bethesda, a Washington suburb. His comments were reported by several news outlets, including Mediaite.




More seriously, Scalia then went on to explain that despots like Hitler and Lenin never deliberately started out to do evil things but sought to improve their societies.

"More important than your obligation to follow your conscience … is the obligation to form your conscience properly," said Scalia, currently the high court's longest-serving justice. "It is your commitment … not just to be zealous in the pursuit of your ideals, but to be sure that your ideals are the right ones — not merely in their ends, but in their means."

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Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia poked at commencement clichés Thursday during a speech at the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Maryland - jokingly invoking Adolf Hitler to caution graduates that it is less much important how committed you are than...
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