On Wednesday at an event sponsored by a Catholic lawyers’ organization, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito told an audience that the U.S. is entering a period when its commitment to religious liberty is being tested.
Samuel Alito who was appointed to the high court in 2006 by former President George W. Bush spoke at a gathering of Catholic judges and lawyers known as Advocati Christi in New Jersey and issued a stark warning about the threats facing religious liberty in this country. He used his own words from his dissent in the Supreme Court’s landmark same-sex marriage case, and told the gathering he had predicted opposition to the decision would be used to “vilify those who disagree and treat them as bigots.”
“We are seeing this is coming to pass,” he said, then mentioned Bob Dylan’s famous song lyric, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”
“A wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs.”
He continued: “We are likely to see pitched battles in courts and Congress, state legislatures and town halls. But the most important fight is for the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans. It is up to all of us to evangelize our fellow Americans about the issue of religious freedom.”
In his 45 minute speech, Alito discussed the hostility faced by Catholics in the U.S. over the centuries, and of his own joy as a youth staying up until the wee hours of the morning to witness John F. Kennedy elected the first Roman Catholic president in 1960.
“I felt it had lifted me up from the status of second-class American,” he said.
While religious freedom has been recognized in Congress and in the courts, Alito said, attitudes are slower to change. He recounted a Democratic lawmaker who opposed his nomination in 2005 because Alito would make “too many Catholics on the court.”
Justice Alito is right! If we ever give up our rights to religious freedom, we are doomed. No matter what happens in this lifetime of ours, we must never erase religion from our hearts, our minds, our spirits!
I love what he said because this is what the left is absolutely trying to do!! They are allowing a lot of illegal immigrants into our country who are opposed to our constitution and our religion so that we can be taken over!
Judge Alito very clearly summarized what is actually happening… all Christian’s are now a second class in the new world without borders!
While a judge making a public statement is very rare, it is time that people finally start speaking out.