(ETH) – American freedoms and religious liberties are experiencing unprecedented limitations according to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito who is reportedly sounding the alarm about ongoing actions in America whether from COVID or from pro-LGBT hardliners.
According to CBN, Alito recently told The Federalist Society that America has never faced such extreme limitations on freedom as it has this year due to the coronavirus restrictions. “The pandemic has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty,” Alito said in a virtual address to the conservative Federalist Society.
“We have never before seen restrictions as severe, extensive, and prolonged as those experienced for most of 2020.” Alito went on further to warn that laws giving government officials so much discretion to impose such regulations can be abused and that religious freedom was particularly at risk.
“It pains me to say this, but in certain quarters, religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right,” he said, citing COVID restrictions that “blatantly discriminated against houses of worship.” This perspective of Alito stems from the fact that he himself was critical of two cases this year, where the Supreme Court agreed with restrictions on religious gatherings.
In both cases, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberals in 5-4 rulings that limited the First Amendment rights of worshippers. “Whatever one may think about the COVID restrictions, we surely don’t want them to become a recurring feature after the pandemic has passed,” said Alito. The Supreme Court Justice is merely raising a red flag that religious freedom should be protected in America. He went further to state: “Religious liberty is in danger of becoming a second-class right,”