If, say, Harry Reid, were to flip someone off after Sacrament Meeting, all the talking heads would be calling for his resignation. Republicans would be calling his Stake President to ask for disfellowship/excommunication hearings.
However, I bet none of the Republicans are doing the same for this guy:
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia startled reporters in Boston just minutes after attending a mass, by flipping a middle finger to his critics.
A Boston Herald reporter asked the 70-year-old conservative Roman Catholic if he faces much questioning over impartiality when it comes to issues separating church and state.
"You know what I say to those people?" Scalia replied, making the obscene gesture and explaining "That's Sicilian."
The 20-year veteran of the high court was caught making the gesture by a photographer with The Pilot, the Archdiocese of Boston's newspaper.
"Don't publish that," Scalia told the photographer, the Herald said.
I wish I were making it up.