Supreme Court Justice says American religious perspective is being tested

At an event sponsored by a Catholic organization, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito warned that “a wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs.”

Alito drew from his own dissent in the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges landmark same-sex marriage case, warning that the case would be used to “vilify those who disagree, and treat them as bigots.” 

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Alito spoke before a gathering of lawyers and judges belonging to Advocati Christi, a group dedicated 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.”

In his nearly 45-minute speech, Alito made mention of Bob Dylan, the Founding Fathers, the 1960s TV sitcom “The Flying Nun, and 19th-century French writer Alexis De Tocqueville.

He also shared from his personal life when he stayed up to watch John F. Kennedy elected as the first Roman Catholic president in 1960.

A Supreme Court Justice since 2006, Alito formerly served as U.S. Attorney in New Jersey and was a member of the 3rd U.S. court of Appeals while based in Newark.

He mentioned the Hobby Lobby case as a moment in American jurisprudence that should inspire action.

“We are likely to see pitched battles in courts and Congress, state legislatures and town halls,” the Associated Press reported.

“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.”

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