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Scalia: Christian values needed for capitalism

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia gives a speech sponsored by the Federalist Society in Bozeman, Mont., on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Scalia said the U.S. Supreme Court is making decisions that should be left to Congress or the people, from wiretapping to "inventing" new classes of minorities. Scalia spoke before more than 300 people in Bozeman in a gathering sponsored by the Federalist Society, which he helped launch more than 30 years ago to fight the perception of liberal bias at the nation's law schools. (AP Photo/Matt Volz)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gives a speech sponsored by the Federalist Society in Bozeman, Mont., on Aug. 19. (AP Photo/Matt Volz)

HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says he thinks Christian values are necessary for capitalism to succeed.

He tackled the question of whether capitalism or socialism is better for Christian values in an appearance Friday at a religious library in Houston.

But the Houston Chronicle reports that Scalia said he wouldn’t argue one of those system was “more Christian” than the other.

Scalia also took audience questions from whether he has a favorite opera — he doesn’t — to whether justices change their views the longer they serve on the bench.

The well-known conservative responded that he’s further from the left-leaning justices than ever.

Asked about Syria, where President Barack Obama is pushing for military action, Scalia demurred, but said, “I have strong views on it, though.”

Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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