U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito recently delivered an unbelievably awesome speech at the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention in which he strongly defended conservative values and opined on his view of the state of partisan politics in America today.
According to Fox News, his speech was so aggressive in the eyes of Democrats that many immediately felt compelled to jump on Twitter to attack the High Court’s most conservative associate justice, even slinging insults like calling him “homophobic” and a “partisan hack.”
At the convention, Alito hit on several major conservative talking points, including the state of religious liberty, which seemed to be a trigger for Democrats who were paying attention.
“For many today, religious liberty is not a cherished freedom. It’s often just an excuse for bigotry and can’t be tolerated, even when there is no evidence that anybody has been harmed,” he said. “The question we face is whether our society will be inclusive enough to tolerate people with unpopular religious beliefs.”
Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) especially took offense to Alito’s words on the matter, expressing his disappointment in a Sunday tweet.
“Homophobic rhetoric isn’t a matter of free speech. It’s a matter of hate speech. These are stunning, harmful words from Justice Alito,” Gomez wrote.
Not unexpectedly, Sen. Elizabeth Warren jumped on the bash-Alito bandwagon in a Sunday tweet in which she held nothing back in her criticism of the conservative justice.
“Supreme Court Justices aren’t supposed to be political hacks. This right-wing speech is nakedly partisan. My bill to #EndCorruptionNow restores some integrity to our Court by forcing Justices to follow the ethics rules other federal judges follow,” Warren wrote.
It’s rare for justices to delve into opinions while delivering such a speech, but obviously, Alito — a consummate professional at the highest level — felt compelled enough to do so, which really shouldn’t be a surprise given the current attacks by the left on a number of issues like free speech and religious liberty.