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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Obama disrespects America by missing Scalia funeral

Obama is a national disgrace, and proves to all again, that this ungodly man does not, and has not earned the respect of the American people. Unity is within his possession to act above the pettiness of his character, and yet again his actions divide our nation and its will ... theodore miraldi

The procession for the funeral mass for the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.  (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
The procession for the funeral mass for the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

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Thousands of mourners, including much of official Washington, attended a funeral Mass Saturday for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the most influential jurists in the history of the high court.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, praised Justice Scalia as an “extraordinary man.” Addressing the justice’s widow, Maureen, he promised to keep his remarks brief “in keeping with your desires to have a simple, family parish Mass.”
The Rev. Paul Scalia, one of the justice’s sons, led the Mass at the nation’s largest Roman Catholic church, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in northeast Washington. His four other sons served as pallbearers.
Among those attending the Mass were Vice President Joseph R. Biden and his wife, Jill; the eight current Supreme Court justices and former Justices John Paul Stevens and David H. Souter; former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz; and Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas, and Mike Lee of Utah.
Several federal judges who are considered possible replacements for Justice Scalia also were at the Mass, including Judges Sri Srinivasan and Patricia Millett and Chief Judge Merrick Garland, all of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
The casket containing the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, arrives for a funeral mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Justice Scalia died last weekend during a hunting trip at a ranch in Texas at age 79. The leading conservative voice on the high court had served in the post for nearly 30 years.
A black hearse carried his flag-draped casket to the basilica from the Supreme Court, where it was viewed Friday by more than 6,000 people, including President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.
Mr. Obama did not attend the funeral Mass, prompting some criticism. The White House said security precautions would be disruptive, and that the president is working this weekend reviewing background information on possible nominees to replace Justice Scalia.
Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington; and Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the papal nuncio to the U.S., also were in attendance.
There had never before been a funeral for a Supreme Court justice at the basilica. Three popes have visited the basilica — Pope John Paul II in 1979, Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 and Pope Francis last year.
Source>http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/feb/20/antonin-scalia-supreme-court-justice-mourned-funer/

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