Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was recently criticized by Democrats and the left for a speech he gave last year in which he criticized how governments moved forward with their authoritarianism during the pandemic. Alito said he is not surprised by the criticism and that his views reflect his conservative values.
Considered one of the most conservative justices of the Supreme Court, along with Justice Clarence Thomas, Alito gave his usual speech to the Federalist Society on Nov. 12, 2020, where he opined on the policies implemented by governments during the health emergency, the advancement of the anti-religion agenda, and the ultimate goal behind the legalization of same-sex marriage.
“The pandemic has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty,” Alito said. He added, “The COVID crisis has served as a kind of constitutional endurance test. And, in so doing, it has highlighted troubling trends that were already present before the virus manifested itself.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), reacting to a newspaper article titled “Sam Alito Delivers Grievance-Laden, Ultrapartisan Speech to the Federalist Society,” said, “Supreme Court Justices are not supposed to be political hacks.”
Supreme Court Justices aren't supposed to be political hacks. This right-wing speech is nakedly partisan. My bill to #EndCorruptionNow restores some integrity to our Court by forcing Justices to follow the ethics rules other federal judges follow. https://t.co/VAjFAqGesN
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) November 13, 2020
“Virtually every substantive point in the Federalist Society speech was taken from one of my published opinions or an opinion I joined,” Alito said defending himself. “I was not surprised by the reaction,” he added.
In his speech, Alito also talked about how the anti-religion agenda of Democratic administrations is advancing amid the pandemic.
“For many today, religious liberty is not a cherished freedom. It’s often just an excuse for bigotry, and it can’t be tolerated, even when there is no evidence that anybody has been harmed,” Alito claimed.
Alito used the example of the state of Nevada, where Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak harshly restricted religious activity but favored casinos.
“And not only did the governor open up the casinos, he made a point of inviting people from all over the country to visit the state,” Alito said.
With some irony, Alito illustrated the picture of the Nevada governor’s policy decisions: ” So if you go to Nevada, you can gamble, drink and attend all sorts of shows. But here’s what you can’t do. If you want to worship and you’re the 51st person in line, sorry, you are out of luck.”
“It pains me to say this, but in certain quarters, religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right,” Alito lamented.
The justice also remarked that the ultimate goal of same-sex marriage was not only to allow same-sex marriage, but to demonize those who say that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
“You can’t say that marriage is the union between one man and one woman. Until very recently, that’s what the vast majority of Americans thought. Now it’s considered bigotry,” said Alito.
Although the Supreme Court is said to be a “conservative” court, several of its latest rulings favored left leaning policies, like former President Trump’s attempt to repeal Obama’s DACA policy on illegal aliens, which was rejected, despite the policy being a direct violation of the U.S.’s law on immigration.