Several readers are apparently outraged that WC could be so callous as to speak ill of the dead. And in particular the recently deceased U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
All right. In a modest effort to be a little more charitable, a little more forgiving, WC will offer a prayer for Antonin Scalia. Specifically, in light of the multifarious sins of the late Justice, and WC’s own atheism, WC offers the Possibly Proper Death Litany, from the late Roger Zelazny‘s Creatures of Light and Darkness:1
Insofar as I may be heard by anything, which may or may not care what I say, I ask, if it matters, that you be forgiven for anything you may have done or failed to do which requires forgiveness. Conversely, if not forgiveness but something else may be required to ensure any possible benefit for which you may be eligible after the destruction of your body, I ask that this, whatever it may be, be granted or withheld, as the case may be, in such a manner as to insure your receiving said benefit. I ask this in my capacity as your elected intermediary between yourself and that which may not be yourself, but which may have an interest in the matter of your receiving as much as it is possible for you to receive of this thing, and which may in some way be influenced by this ceremony. Amen.
It’s not much, 2 but it will have to do. Can we move on now?