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Judge Alito: U.S. Religious Liberty being tested

An event sponsored by Advocati Christi in Clifton N.J. was a gathering of lawyers on Wednesday with Religious Liberty in focus. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito told the group that he predicts the U.S. is entering a season of attack for those who believe in traditional Christian values. Is the U.S. dedicated enough to preserve them? 

The Catholic lawyers and judges organization claims to seek to “provide an opportunity for lawyers to learn about the Catholic faith and Catholic social teaching and to help them integrate these into their life and practice.” The event held on Wednesday stirred up a topic that many thought would begin to die down with a Trump administration in place. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said a hostile wind is picking up against traditional moral believes. 

The Daily Journal references Alito saying that the U.S. is entering a period when its commitment to religious liberty is being tested. Alito used his own words from his dissent in the Supreme Court’s landmark same-sex marriage case, telling 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,” Alito said.

Alito served as U.S. Attorney in New Jersey and was based in Newark while a member of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been a Supreme Court justice since 2006.

The Daily Journal further points out that 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.”

Alito said reactions to Supreme Court decisions such as the Hobby Lobby case, in which a company balked at being required to cover certain forms of contraception in its employee health plan, should spur action.

“We are likely to see pitched battles in courts and Congress, state legislatures and town halls,” he said. “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.”

Original article by The Daily Journal / TRUNEWS summary. 

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