What hath Alito wrought?

Michael Carmichael on SCOTUS’s decision to okay rampant vote suppression:

Ohio may be the most riggable state in the nation as well as the most frequently rigged.  Led by Alito (IMHO the most dangerous Justice), SCOTUS wants to publicize, legitimize, energize and popularize the states’ privilege of sweeping vote-rigging.
Far too many Americans are still asleep about this horrible plague. I’ve now received emails from legislators in NC who are convinced that the GOP majorities in that state’s legislature now will be emboldened to purge
even more aggressively as a direct result of this decision by Alito.
Michael
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Michael’s all-too-timely piece about Alito, from 12 years ago:

JANUARY 30, 2006

Jackboots of the Church

by MICHAEL CARMICHAEL

Is Judge Samuel Alito a member of Opus Dei?

If so, does it matter? If it matters, why?

A Senate staffer confirmed that the Judiciary Committee received numerous “notes and letters” stating that Judge Samuel Alito is a member of Opus Dei.

A controversial Catholic organization*, Opus Dei is now widely known from the bestseller, The Da Vinci Code, a novel by American author Dan Brown, soon to be a major film starring Tom Hanks that will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

In 1928, a Catholic priest who acquired a doctorate in law, Josemaría Escrivá founded Opus Dei in Spain. Escrivá’s juridical attitude to religious doctrine permeates Opus Dei and is the source of its attraction to members of the legal profession. Opus Dei received massive political support after the fascist victory in the Spanish Civil War. Generalissimo Francisco Franco protected and fostered conservative elements within Opus Dei by appointing eight ministers to powerful positions in his government. In Spain, Opus Dei is still regarded as a potent political force. In 2002, Escrivá was canonized.

Why, then, is an Alito membership in Opus Dei of major significance? In addition to his activist record on the federal bench and his conservative ideology, Alito is deemed to be a menace to the balance of power as well as the constitutional rights of Americans. Judge Alito’s affiliation with Opus Dei may be a factor in the strident opposition from Edward Kennedy and John Kerry, both progressive Roman Catholics who do not approve of the influence of religious dogma on political ideology. The majority of Americans believe in the separation of church and state, while many religious conservatives such as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell would transform America into a theocratic state. Robertson and Falwell are staunch supporters of Judge Alito.

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