Justice Alito Condemns Covid Threats To Religious

Justice Alito Condemns Covid Threats To Religious

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito sounded an alarm about government officials who have exceeded their legal authority, in the guise of protecting public safety during the Covid-19 pandemic, by practicing “lawmaking by executive fiat rather than legislation.” During a 30-minute video address to a virtual version of the annual convention of the Federalist Society, Alito condemned the imposition of unwarranted Covid restrictions on members of various religious communities seeking to exercise their constitutional right to practice their religious beliefs by joining together to participate in public prayer. Citing specific examples of how these arbitrary restrictions have impinged on individual rights and liberties, Justice Alito said, “Think of all the live events that would otherwise be protected by the right to freedom of speech, live speeches, conferences, lectures, meetings. Think of worship services, churches closed on Easter Sunday, synagogues closed for Passover and Yom Kippur. Think about access to the courts, or the constitutional right to a speedy trial [during a period of time in which] trials in federal courts have virtually disappeared in many places.” Alito who was nominated to the Supreme Court by President George W. Bush 15 years ago, was careful to note that he was “not diminishing the severity of the virus’ threat to public health” or passing judgement about “whether any of these restrictions represent good public policy,” while warning that, “the pandemic has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty,” encroaching on the guarantees of the Bill of Rights. COVID CRISIS A CONSTITUTIONAL […]

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