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Scalia: Deep dish isn’t pizza

March 8, 2012 file photo shows Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaking at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.
AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File

The longest-serving justice currently on the Supreme Court has ruled against Chicago-style pizza.

“It’s very tasty, but it’s not pizza,” Antonin Scalia said Friday night at the Union League Club of Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The 77-year-old Scalia grew up in New York City, but he did spend five years teaching at the University of Chicago before becoming a judge.

At Friday night’s event, the conservative justice reiterated his belief that that the Constitution does not forbid the favoring of religion in general -- it only forbids the favoring of one religion over another.

He also decried the lack of civic education that students receive, noting that most students in the law school classes he visits haven’t read the Federalist Papers. “It is truly appalling that they should have reached graduate school without having been exposed to that important element of their national patrimony, the work that best explains the reasons and objectives of the Constitution,” Scalia said.