LIONEL PODCAST: The First Amendment’s A Bitch

Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the majority opinion in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, No. 08-1448, which held that violent video games were subject to full First Amendment protection. SCOTUS rejected the notion that kids were to be protected from the horrors of violent video games. What balderdash. When I was a kid in Catholic School the stories I heard of the martyrs, not to mention Limbo, freaked me out. And no story could top the unbelievable and inconceivable horrors of St. Lawrence. Scalia, a devote Catholic, was spot on in his legal reasoning. After all, if you want to talk about horror stories go no further than the Catholic Book of the Saints.

Our friends at Wikipedia provide this summary of St. Larry.

Tradition holds that Laurence was burned or “grilled” to death, hence his association with the gridiron. Tradition also holds that Lawrence joked about their cooking him enough to eat while he was burning on the gridiron, hence his patronage of cooks and chefs, stating something along the lines of, “turn me over … I’m done on this side”. One of the early sources for the martyrdom of Saint Lawrence was the description by Aurelius Prudentius Clemens in his Peristephanon, Hymn II. However, one longstanding scholarly theory holds that the story of the gridiron arose from a scribe’s mistranscription of passus est (“he suffered,” that is, was martyred) as assus est (“he was roasted”).

Interestingly enough, he became the patron saint of chefs, butchers, comedians and librarians. Go figure.

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