Scalia Wears Martyr’s Cap to Inauguration

January 24, 2013

Scalia inauguration capThere was in the twitterverse (and other media outlets) a flutter of commentary about the cap Justice Scalia wore for the Inauguration earlier this week.  First Things had this explanation and commentary:

Kevin Walsh of the University of Richmond School of Law writes:

The twitterverse is alive with tweets about Justice Scalia’s headgear for today’s inauguration. At the risk of putting all the fun speculation to an end . . . The hat is a custom-made replica of the hat depicted in Holbein’s famous portrait of St. Thomas More. It was a gift from the St. Thomas More Society of Richmond, Virginia. We presented it to him in November 2010 as a memento of his participation in our 27th annual Red Mass and dinner.

Wearing the cap of a statesman who defended liberty of church and integrity of Christian conscience to the inauguration of a president whose policies have imperiled both: Make of it what you will.