Candidate John F. Kennedy:
the time should ever come--and I do not concede any conflict to be remotely
possible--when my office would require me to either violate my conscience or
violate the national interest, then I would resign the office.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia:
thought that Catholic doctrine held the death penalty to be immoral, I would
resign. I could not be a part of a system that imposes it.
[Scalia] has done, then, is make his church's doctrine do the work that Kennedy
assigned to his conscience, and in the process fibbed.
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