The legal profession shouldn’t write off traditional Christians as “simple minded,” Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told fellow Catholics in Shreveport, La., and he urged a blend of reason and faith.

“One can be sophisticated and believe in Jesus as in some way a ‘son of God.’” But, Scalia said sarcastically, “to believe in traditional Christianity is something else. To believe Jesus was God and was born of a virgin … surely those who adhere to those beliefs are regarded in educated circles — maybe in the South, it’s different — are regarded as simple minded.”