Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Visits Colorado

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gave a fiery takedown of the idea that the constitution changes with time Wednesday.

The conservative justice was speaking at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He joked that if the nation wanted nine judges to rewrite the U.S. Constitution, they'd never let six Catholics and three Jews do the work. That's the religious breakdown of the current court.

The judge was asked by a student about Colorado legalizing marijuana in defiance of federal law. The justice said with a laugh that he couldn't answer because he'd have to recuse himself if it ever hit the high court.

Scalia spoke earlier in the day to about 400 people at Colorado Christian University.

He said the separation of church and state is the most foundational freedom in the United States.

He said that religious people can express belief in a society that separates church and state. But he warned that government must not try to compel religious belief.

Scalia said that acknowledging God in public life is "in the best of American tradition."

Asked about pressure, Scalia joked that his lifetime tenure means he doesn't feel any pressure.

Scalia has served on the nation's highest court for nearly 30 years.