Submitted by RobbMLewis on Tue, 02/23/2016 - 18:48

When the news broke last week about the death of Antonin Scalia, I quickly saw my social media feeds explode with people happy with his death, and the political banter that a new judge should be appoint or not.  I'm not going to get into the politics of this, nobody wins with that.

Antonin Scalia was by no means a friend of the LGBT movement, nor of non-Judeo-Christian religions.  As a member of both those minorities, it would be understandable for me to be happy that he has died.  I'm sorry, but I am of the opinion that death, anyones death, is not something to be celebratory about.  Yes, someone that you greatly dislike may be gone from your life, but they too have a family.  I can only imagine the pain that his family felt when they saw politics take over within hours of his death.  If they saw any of the jumping for joy posts from the LGBT community, they were probably horrified.

These are people, and all people deserve to be treated with respect.  Yes, when one becomes a public figure like Scalia became, you lose some of your rights.  His family doesn't deserve to deal with this stuff, especially before the body is put into the ground.  At the very least the politics of replacing him should wait until he is buried.

Needless to say, I am disgusted with all our politicians for politicizing his death within hours of it being announced.  I am disgusted with the many people who, understandably happy, were so publicly gleeful. He was a man, and he was a profound scholar and debater.  Even if you didn't agree with him, you had to respect him.  He, and his family deserve just as much with his death.

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