It was Justice Samuel Alito that wrote the US Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June.
In his first public comments since then, Alito said writing the decision that overturned Roe was an “honor.”
“I’ve had a few second thoughts over the last few weeks since 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.”
Alito added that “religious liberty is under attack in many places because it is dangerous to those who want to hold complete power.”
“[To] win the battle to protect religious freedom in an increasingly secular society, we will need more than positive law.”
Attacks against religious liberty grow “out of something dark and deep in the human DNA: a tendency to distrust and dislike people who are not like ourselves,” he said.
Ali was keynote speaker at the Religious Liberty Summit Gala Dinner in Rome sponsored by Notre Dame University on July 21st. He was not listed as a speaker on the event’s schedule.
The video of Alito’s address was released more than a week later on July 28th.
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