The separation of church and state has been a cornerstone of American democracy for over two hundred years. Getting rid of it was long overdue.
Invented in Andy Borowitz (6 May 2014), "In Landmark Decision, Supreme Court Strikes Down Main Reason Country Was Started", The New Yorker, retrieved on 2014-05-18 .
The First Amendment, I think, is the jewel of our Constitution.Samuel AlitoAlito: Threat to Judicial Independence at Historic High, by Michael Scholl (2006-10-04)
In order to have a society in which public issues can be openly and vigorously debated, it is not necessary to allow the brutalization of innocent victims[.]Samuel AlitoDissenting, Snyder v. Phelps, 131 S. Ct. 1207, 1229 (2011)
Your record raises troubling questions about whether you appreciate the checks and balances in our Constitution -- the careful efforts of our Founding Fathers to protect us from a government or a president determined to seize too much power over our lives.Samuel AlitoSen. Dick Durbin, (D-ILL) at Alito's confirmation hearing.
You have obviously had a very distinguished record, and I certainly commend you for long service in the public interest. I think it is a very commendable career and I am sure you will have a successful one as a judge.Samuel AlitoSen. Ted Kennedy, speaking on Alito's nomination to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. Committee On The Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 1990-04-05
I believe Mr. Alito has the experience and the skills to be the kind of judge the public deserves – one who is impartial, thoughtful, and fair. I urge the Senate to confirm his nomination.Samuel AlitoSenator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), speaking on Alito's nomination to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, Congressional Record, 1990-04-27, p. S5281
There was the abortion brief and also the brief in the Wygant case. I had a big hand in writing it, and so did Sam Alito, who had this marvelous phrase saying that a particular African American baseball player would not have served as a great role model if the fences had been pulled in every time he was up at bat, a point which some people were greatly offended by because they thought it to be pamphleteering. I thought it was entirely appropriate.Samuel AlitoCharles Fried (Solicitor General 1985 to 1989) in 2003.
There's an outside chance that Roberts might assign [the opinion] to Alito, but, you know, [it's] Alito's second year on the Court; he should still do the tax and ERISA cases for a few more years. I think this case is too intersting for him.Samuel AlitoGeorgetown University law professor Richard Lazarus, in a panel discussion on Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, C-SPAN2, 2006-11-29 (at approx. 60:00)
Our country as a whole, no less than the Hastings College of Law, values tolerance, cooperation, learning, and the amicable resolution of conflicts. But we seek to achieve those goals through "[a] confident pluralism that conduces to civil peace and advances democratic consensus-building," not by abridging First Amendment rights.Samuel AlitoDissenting, CLS v. Martinez, 130 S. Ct. 2971, 3015-16 (2010).
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