“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant, and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.” – Ronald Reagan, March 8, 1983
President Reagan understood religious faith and its value to a free society, as he stated, “Without God,” he said, “there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.”
Some might say it’s hard to imagine that our religious freedom is being threatened again in America, especially after having a president like Ronald Reagan, but here we are. It’s really not that hard to understand though after 8 years of a liberalist and socialist president, like Obama. However, like President Reagan, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito believes one of the most important battles in America that we will fight will be the freedom of religion and it’s up to each of us to continue to fight that uphill battle.
H/T Conservative Tribune:
Generally choosing to let their written opinions on various cases speak for themselves, most Supreme Court Justices tend to keep their thoughts on the issues facing America to themselves, but every once in a while, one of them will speak out and share their concerns.
Justice Samuel Alito, appointed to the high court in 2006 by former President George W. Bush, recently spoke at a gathering of Catholic judges and lawyers known as Advocati Christi in New Jersey and issued a stark warning about the threats facing religious liberty in this country, according to The Associated Press.
Citing his own dissent in the controversial 2015 Obergefell v Hodges Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, Alito reminded listeners that opposition to the decision would be utilized to “vilify those who disagree, and treat them as bigots.”
“We are seeing this is coming to pass,” Alito said, quoting iconic rock star Bob Dylan’s famous song lyric, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”
“A wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs,” he said.
“We are likely to see pitched battles in courts and Congress, state legislatures and town halls,” Alito said. “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.”
Alito spoke for nearly 45 minutes, and mentioned people as far-ranging as Dylan and the 1960s sitcom “The Flying Nun,” as well as more traditional mentions of the Founding Fathers and 19th-century French author Alexis de Tocqueville.
He also discussed how the Catholic faith has always been met with some hostility throughout the history of America, and how overjoyed he was as a child to see John F. Kennedy elected as the first Roman-Catholic president of this nation.
“I felt it had lifted me up from the status of second-class American,” he said.
Justice Samuel Alito was nominated by Republican President George W. Bush to the Supreme Court back in 2006. Justice Alito is considered “one of the most conservative justices on the Court”. The ACLU opposed his nomination, so did then Sen. John Kerry who attempted, but failed at a filibuster. It’s a funny thing how history keeps reminding us of some of our failures.
Speaking of failures, during Obama’s presidency the liberal leftwing groups targeted many Christian businesses for their views on traditional marriage. They targeted several bakeries who refused to do business or support gay weddings. They also targeted pharmacies who refused to dispense drugs and devices supporting abortions. They even targeted Little Sisters of the Poor because they refused to provide abortion coverage in Obamacare, as it went against their religious beliefs. Now it looks like those same groups are planning to target churches.
Justice Alito is absolutely right. Religious Freedom is under attack and it’s going to be left up to religious Americans to uphold the traditional values when it come to standing up for religious freedom and principles of our Founding Fathers. It’s not going to be an easy fight, but it’s one all Conservatives need to be engaged in. As former President Ronald Reagan stated, “without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.”
Thank goodness for Trump’s election as president and the soon to be confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch sided with the owners of Hobby Lobby stores, who said Obamacare’s contraceptive requirement violated their religious freedom. Thanks to President Trump, the Supreme Court will still lean Conservative.