Supreme Court Justice Scalia to speak in Houston

By: MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press
By: MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is scheduled to speak at a private religious library in Houston about whether socialism or capitalism is better for Christian values.

The justice was to appear Friday evening at the Lanier Theological Library, founded by Houston attorney Mark Lanier, whose firm has won multimillion-dollar verdicts in asbestos and consumer drug cases. The library has some 120,000 volumes on church history, Biblical studies, Egyptology and linguistics.

The library traditionally has invited authors, theologians and researchers as lecturers.

Scalia's opinions place him among the most conservative justices. President Ronald Reagan appointed him in 1986, making him the longest serving of the current nine justices on the nation's highest court.

Although media coverage of his talk was originally allowed, organizers reversed course Friday and banned access.

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