Justice Alito's Speech on Religious Liberty and Covid-19
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THE QUICK FACTS
- Last week, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito delivered a politically charged speech at the Federalist Society's annual National Lawyers Convention, which was held virtually this year.
- In his remarks, the justice said that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought "previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty."
- "The Covid crisis has served as a sort of constitutional stress test," Alito said. "And in doing so, it has highlighted disturbing trends that were already present before the virus struck."
- Alito warned that he believes religious liberty and freedom of speech are under threat, mentioning several religion-related Supreme Court rulings, including the Little Sisters of the Poor (over providing birth control to employees) and Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado (over the refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple).
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