Alito mocks foreign critics of Supreme Court abortion ruling

  
Via:  Vic Eldred  •  4 months ago  •  10 comments

By:   POLITICO

Alito mocks foreign critics of Supreme Court abortion ruling
The conservative justice made the comments during a surprise visit as a keynote speaker at a religious freedom conference in Rome.

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During a surprise appearance as a keynote speaker at a religious freedom conference in Rome last week, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito poked fun at the torrent of international criticism of his opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Justice Samuel Alito, the author of the Supreme Court's earth-shaking decision last month overturning Roe v. Wade, is mocking foreign leaders who lamented his opinion doing away with a half-century of federal constitutional protection for abortion rights in the U.S.

During a surprise appearance as a keynote speaker at a religious freedom conference in Rome last week, sponsored by the University of Notre Dame, Alito poked fun at the torrent of international criticism of his opinion for the five-justice court majority.

"I had the honor this term of writing, I think, the only Supreme Court decision in the history of that institution that has been lambasted by a whole string of foreign leaders, who felt perfectly fine commenting on American law," the appointee of President George W. Bush declared in his speech, according to a video posted online by the university on Thursday — one week after the address was delivered.

"One of these was former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but he paid the price," Alito joked, referring to the conservative British leader's announcement earlier this month that he planned to step down. "Post hoc ergo propter hoc, right?" the justice added, drawing applause and laughter from the audience to a Latin phrase used to describe a fallacious argument.

Alito, sporting a new beard, went on to note that President Emmanuel Macron of France and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada "are still in office" despite the salvos they launched at the ruling, which frees U.S. states to impose sharp limits on abortion throughout pregnancy.

"What really wounded me was when the duke of Sussex addressed the United Nations and seemed to compare the decision whose name may not be spoken with the Russian attack on Ukraine," Alito said. "Despite this temptation, I'm not going to talk about cases from other countries."

Most of Alito's 36-minute speech was devoted to a discussion of religious liberty, with the conservative justice arguing that support for religious liberty is eroding because so many people now say they lack religious belief.

"It is hard to convince people that religious liberty is worth defending if they don't think that religion is a good thing that deserves protection," Alito said, before outlining some arguments that might find traction with what he called an "increasing" number of people who reject religion or don't consider it important.

Despite his observations about modern trends towards secularism, Alito made clear that he considered religious faith to be a natural yearning of all human beings. "Our hearts are restless until we rest in God," he said, quoting St. Augustine.

The conference that hosted Alito was organized by the Religious Liberty Institute at Notre Dame, which was founded in 2020. While the conference was announced and promoted to journalists in advance, Alito's role was kept under wraps. The institute or its faculty members have filed amicus briefs in at least five Supreme Court cases on religious freedom issues.

Alito, a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, traveled to Notre Dame last September to deliver a speech attacking critics of the court's use of its emergency docket — sometimes called the "shadow docket" — to resolve significant legal questions.

Some of the justices have canceled or rearranged speaking engagements in the wake of POLITICO's publication in May of a draft of Alito's opinion in this term's high-profile abortion-rights case and ensuing protests at the homes of some conservative justices. The high court also erected an 8-foot-high anti-riot fence around its building on Capitol Hill.

The court building has been closed to the public since the coronavirus pandemic broke out in March 2020 — more than 28 months ago. That closure was recently extended through the end of next month, according to a calendar posted on the court's website.

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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    4 months ago

You would think that entitled Europeans might have more pressing concerns in their own countries rather than opining on U.S. domestic legal and political matters?

Well, they just got a needed kick.

 
 
 
JBB
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1.1  JBB  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    4 months ago

Except Alito was speaking at a conference in Rome.

Would he not expect to get some foreign criticism?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JBB @1.1    4 months ago

Another one who gets it backwards.

The foreign criticism came before he arrived in Rome.

 
 
 
JBB
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1.1.2  JBB  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.1    4 months ago

Does Alito get orders from the Pope in Rome?

original

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.3  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JBB @1.1.2    4 months ago

NT needs to make you feel comfortable. That's what's important.

 
 
 
Nerm_L
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1.1.4  Nerm_L  replied to  JBB @1.1.2    4 months ago
Does Alito get orders from the Pope in Rome?

Would that be Joe Biden's Pope?  

 
 
 
JBB
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2  JBB    4 months ago

Do you care to explain what that means?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JBB @2    4 months ago

That means I don't like discussions polluted with taunting billboards.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2.1.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    4 months ago

jbb is at least environmentally responsible as he frequently recycles his taunting billboards.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2.1.1    4 months ago

It's good to air them out once in a while.

 
 

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