Kagan and Scalia, Buddies

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The justices that hunt together don’t vote together!

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan bagged herself a deer on a hunting trip to Wyoming with Justice Antonin Scalia last fall. You heard that right: Despite finding themselves on opposite sides of major court decisions, the liberal Obama-appointee and the conservative Reagan-appointee have become hunting buddies since Kagan was confirmed in 2010 as the fourth woman in history to sit on the highest court in the land.

“I shoot birds with him, fairly — you know, two or three times a year now,” Justice Kagan said during a wide-ranging and delightful Aspen Ideas Festivalconversation with Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center, on Saturday. “And then he um, at the end of last year we had been bird shooting four or five times. I’ll tell you how that came to be. But before I do, before I — he said to me, ‘It’s time for big game hunting.’ And we actually went out to Wyoming this past fall to shoot deer and antelope. Uh, and we did.”

“You’re getting some hisses from the audience. I hope you were a better shot than Dick Cheney,” Rosen interjected as a smattering of hisses emerged from around the room at the mention of hunting in Wyoming.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • KentonS

    Better headline: “Kagan and Scalia Shoot the Bird at Each Other.”

  • Scott Eaton

    Love this story! Even folks with deep disagreements can still be friends, respect one another, and enjoy time together. Are there lessons here for Christians? I think so.


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