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Strachan: Justice Alito’s Warning

Supreme Court Judge Samuel Alito recently made a startling point: “religious liberty is in danger of becoming a second class right.”

Alito said as much to the Federalist Society:

“Just as the COVID restrictions have highlighted the movement toward rule by experts, litigation about those restrictions has pointed up emerging trends in the assessment of individual rights. … It pains me to say this, but in certain quarters, religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right.”

Alito argued that not only religious liberty, but free speech, is imperiled:

“Support for freedom of speech is also in danger. And COVID rules have restricted speech in unprecedented ways.”

This is a timely and prescient warning. Religious liberty is the very foundation of American freedom, and free speech is part of what makes America great.

We cannot sit passively by as our cherished freedoms are whittled away; we must pay attention and take action where we can.

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Albert Mohler: Religious Liberty Before the High Court

Regardless of what happens in the presidential election, the reality is that one of the lasting achievements of Donald Trump’s administration is going to be three Supreme Court justices. The most important of them is probably the last, now Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

In one of her first cases on the court, she heard oral arguments this past week in Fulton vs. City of Philadelphia, one of the most important cases in which religious liberty is on the line to come before the court in decades.

The city of Philadelphia had targeted a Catholic adoption and foster care agency and had eliminated their contract for ongoing foster and adoption care. Why? Because this Catholic agency turned out to hold to Catholic doctrine.

The stated reason was discrimination against same sex couples. But Justice Samuel Alito identified the real reason when he said, “It’s the fact that the city can’t stand the message that Catholic Social Services and the Archdiocese are sending by continuing to adhere to the old fashioned view about marriage.” In other words— history Christian teaching.

The Supreme Court of the United States is poised to make history in the preservation of religious liberty, and now Justice Barret is on the court to be one of the nine to make that history—another reminder that elections have consequences.

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Albert Mohler: Justice Alito’s Warning

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Justice Samuel Alito of the United States Supreme Court recently delivered a bracing message to a group of Catholic lawyers.

Justice Alito said, “A wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs.” Referencing his minority opinion in the Obergefell decision, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, he said that the decision would be used to “vilify those who disagree, and treat them as bigots.”

It is clear that Justice Alito is very concerned. Those who pressed for the legalization of same-sex marriage are now pressing for the normalization of all same-sex relationships throughout the entire culture.

He went on to say that “we are likely to see pitched battles both in the courts and in Congress, state legislatures and town halls, but the most important fight is for the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans.”

Here you have a justice of the Supreme Court saying that the biggest case is not the case before his court, but the one in the court of public opinion.

We cannot say that we were not warned.

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