Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, speaking at the Federalist Society on Thursday, Nov. 12, warned that the right to religious freedom is being weakened by certain sectors of society. The judge warned, Breitbart reported, that in certain sectors religious freedoms are being affected and that the CCP Virus has awakened disturbing trends that were already present, even before.
During his speech he recalled some court cases that showed serious attacks against religious freedom in the United States. One of them was the case of “Ralph Thriftway’s Pharmacy,” who was prosecuted for refusing to sell abortion medicines in his pharmacy.
In 2007, the state of Washington passed a law that states that all pharmacies must deliver “all legally prescribed drugs or devices” in a timely manner to all customers. This “delivery rule” contains several exemptions, such as business or convenience reasons for not stocking certain drugs, but there are no exemptions for religious objections.
The argument for not selling these drugs by Ralph Pharmacy was none other than religious reasons. The owners believe that by dispensing these drugs they would be aiding in the destruction of human life, directly contradicting their Christian faith.
Ralph’s, along with two like-minded pharmacists who work in other pharmacies, maintains that the regulations aim at destroying moral foundations motivated by religion and therefore “suppress religious beliefs or practices.”
However, the district court did not authorize the right of refusal. While it clarified that any pharmacy may refuse to sell a drug for profit reasons, it cannot refuse on religious grounds.
Judge Alito, after relating the pharmacy case and other similar cases, also pointed out cases in which the Supreme Court confirmed the coronavirus restrictions that “blatantly discriminated against places of worship,” especially in several lawsuits in California and Nevada. Alito said that in both cases, this deference meant that “casinos were treated more favorably than houses of worship.”
This week, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is appealing to the Supreme Court over restrictions caused by the CCP Virus imposed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, including limits on the number of parishioners who can gather for religious services, Fox News reported.
The complaint filed in the Emergency Court Thursday compares the bans on houses of worship to the freedoms granted to many businesses under an order Cuomo issued in October.
As progressive policies are advance with their leftist agenda worldwide, a growing setback can be noted in terms of freedoms of conscience.
Perhaps the best example of this situation is undoubtedly the one currently suffered under the Chinese Communist Party. There, the complaints report millions of people who are being persecuted, imprisoned, tortured, and killed, just for practicing their faith, among them Uighurs, Tibetans, Christians, and Falun Dafa practitioners.
Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is an ancient Chinese spiritual discipline. Because of its effects on health and its spiritual responses, Falun Dafa became very popular during its public dissemination in China between 1992 and 1999. At the beginning of 1999, there were an estimated 70 million to 100 million practitioners in China.
On July 20, 1999, CCP leader Jiang Zemin ordered the eradication of Falun Dafa within three months. Since that day a fierce persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners continues to this day even outside China.
The persecution of Falun Gong is an atheistic campaign ordered by the Chinese Communist Party, and led by the 610 Office, a special extra-legal task force, created specifically to exterminate Falun Dafa practitioners. The campaign focuses on the implementation of a system of atheistic propaganda and smear campaigns against Falun Dafa, a program of ideological conversion and forced re-education, and a variety of illegal coercive measures, including arbitrary detention, forced labor, physical torture, forced removal of organs, and death.