Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito commented Thursday on the “previously unimaginable” damage done to individual liberty by prolonged coronavirus restrictions.
In remarks to The Federalist Society delivered via a video feed, Alito talked about religious liberty amid the coronavirus pandemic, freedom of speech and attempts by senators at “bullying” the Supreme Court.
Alito argued that religious rights in particular are under attack.
“The pandemic has obviously taken a heavy human toll: thousands dead, many more hospitalized, millions unemployed, the dreams of many small business owners dashed. But what has it meant for the rule of law?” the Supreme Court justice said.
He continued, “The pandemic has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty.”
Alito said he was not attempting to downplay the severity of the coronavirus, but was rather reacting to its effects on constitutional liberties.
“I’m a judge, not a policymaker. All that I’m saying is this,