by Penka Arsova
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito this week said that free speech and religious liberty have come under threat, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
The story: Alito made the remarks during a virtual keynote speech at this year’s Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention on Thursday. He touched upon several issues during his speech, including strict coronavirus-related lockdown measures, attacks on religious liberty, and freedom of speech.
What he said: Alito said that nowadays, people are less tolerant of opposing views and stances, pointing to the current situation and saying that law school students who are part of the Federalist Society claimed they “face harassment and retaliation if they say anything that departs from the law school orthodoxy.”
“The rights of the free exercise of religion is not the only ones cherished freedom that is falling in the estimation of some segments of the population. Support for freedom of speech is also in danger. And COVID rules have restricted speech in unprecedented ways,” he said. “And some of these restrictions are alleged to have included discrimination based on the viewpoint of the speaker.”