Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is warning against threats to religious liberty and freedom of speech amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying it has resulted in “previously unimaginable” restrictions on Americans.
Alito, 70, said during a virtual keynote speech Thursday to the conservative Federalist Society that he didn’t intend to downplay the “severity of the virus’ threat” to public health, but called out what he sees as government overreach in the ongoing fight against COVID-19.
“The pandemic has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on personal liberty,” the George W. Bush appointee told the conference, cautioning others not to misinterpret his words. “We have never before seen restrictions as severe, extensive and prolonged as those experienced for most of 2020.”
Alito added: “Whatever one may think about COVID restrictions, we surely don’t want them to become a recurring feature after the pandemic has passed.”
The conservative justice also claimed “tolerance for opposing views is now in short supply,” saying that many