As many Americans seem to already know, there are a lot of terrible people serving on the United States Supreme Court right now. But is justice Samuel Alito the worst of the worst? Let’s examine the evidence.
On Monday, the court heard hearings for a case 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, about a website designer’s refusal to work on same-sex weddings. this designer, lorie smith, sued the state of Colorado in 2016 over its antidiscrimination laws, which she claimed violated her First Amendment right to refuse to work with same-sex couples. Not surprisingly, Alito — a staunch conservative who seems to think the only people who should have rights in America are those who, in the 17th, disagree. And while he didn’t just come out and say ‘discrimination is good’, he came close!
At the beginning of the hearing, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson would have placed a hypothesis in which she argued that Smith’s stance is no different from a photo studio refusing to photograph black children for scenes meant to commemorate past Christmases, when black children were not allowed to pose in the white section of the mall. The point, obviously, was to show that such a scenario as that involving Smith and same-sex couples is wrong. But Alito, who thinks he’s very smart, again pinpointed the hypothetical Christmas season and claimed that actually is such discrimination should be allowed because it would mean that black Santas could say no if they had to pose with children in KKK robes, which he says is currently not the case.
“If there’s a black Santa at the other end of the mall and he doesn’t want to be photographed with a kid wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit, it’s this black Santa [can’t refuse] that?” Alito asked. More specifically, the Colorado Attorney General Eric Olson replied, that’s not the case: A black Santa can already refuse to pose with someone wearing a KKK outfit, since Ku Klux Klan outfits are “not a protected feature in the Public Accommodations Act,” things like However, gender identity and sexual orientation do. Therefore, Smith’s refusal violates Colorado’s antidiscrimination laws, while Alito’s refusal, branded as “Black Santa” and “KKK,” does not. justice Elena Kagan He then noted for those on the right in the group that Santa Claus could refuse to pose with him everyone wore a KKK outfit whether they were white, black or a member of another protected group. Alito quipped, “You see a lot of black kids in Ku Klux Klan outfits, right? All the time.” He later insisted on going back to the scenario, which he clearly thought was a primary property of the Libs. “Now back to my Black Santa example,” he said.
But it was arguably Alito’s earlier comments, in which he joked that Kagan might be intimately familiar with a website that facilitates matters, that put him in the running for the biggest sleazebag on the Supreme Court. Addressing another hypothetical scenario — in this case, one in which a Jew asks a photographer to take a picture for his JDate account — Alito described the site as “a dating service, I guess, for Jews.” Kagan, the court’s sole Jewish judge, then confirmed that her colleague’s assessment was correct, causing the crowd to laugh. Good, a nice little collegial exchange of blows. But then this happened:
To be clear, this is Alito joking that Kagan might know everything about Ashley Madison, a website designed solely to help people in relationships cheat on their partners.
All of this, of course, comes just a few months after Alito penned the upset opinion Roe v. Calf, a statement in which he approvingly cited the work of a 17th-century jurist who supported marital rape and had women executed for “witchcraft.” Which he then followed up by telling standup jokes about stripping millions of people of their rights. Still, it’s hard to say definitively if Alito is the worst of the worst when he has peers who think it’s okay for their spouses to try to overturn free and fair elections; who are reported to belong to a secretive religious group that “regards the obedience and subservience of women to men as one of their central early tenets”; and were accused of attempted rape (which they deny). But one could certainly argue that he is!
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/12/samuel-alito-elena-kagan-black-santa-kkk-ashley-madison Is Samuel Alito the biggest sleazebag on the Supreme Court? A brief investigation