What Alito's "Appeal to Heaven" flag flapper is all about and what spiritual significance the banner has

Double standards? Democrats are still trying to force Judge Alito to recuse himself because of the “Appeal to Heaven” flag


Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is facing scrutiny for refusing to recuse himself from cases related to Jan. 6 after two controversial flags were reportedly flown at his homes.

One of these flags, the “Appeal to Heaven” flag, has historical ties to Christianity and is associated with modern political movements, including Trump supporters.

The “Appeal to Heaven” flag, which dates back to the Revolutionary War, has made a comeback in recent years. The flag, known for its connection to philosopher John Locke and used by George Washington to inspire troops, was flown outside Alito's vacation home last year.

In 2021, an upside-down American flag, a traditional distress signal, was also seen outside his home in Virginia. Both incidents were reported by the New York Times and sparked considerable controversy.

Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, have criticized Alito's actions and suggested that displaying the flags disqualifies him. “What he did was really wrong and it raises questions about his impartiality,” Schumer said.

Democrats are demanding hearings and pushing for Alito to recuse himself from cases related to the 2020 presidential election and the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. But analysts say the likelihood of Alito having to recuse himself is slim.

Among Democrats who wanted to make an issue of it, Senator Dick Durbin (Illinois) publicly questioned Alito's motive. “Is this just a random indiscretion or is it a conscious declaration of his MAGA loyalty?”

Double standards in the media

Meanwhile, conservative voices like talk show host Erick Erickson argue that there is a double standard in media reporting.

“The media organizations that have adopted this story from the left are also the ones that are giving the judge in Donald Trump's trial complete free rein because he donated money to a fund specifically designed to stop Donald Trump and his right-wing legacy,” Erickson said.

Alito insisted that his recusal was unjustified. In a letter to Congress, he wrote, “The two incidents you cite do not meet the conditions for recusal. As I have stated publicly, I had nothing whatsoever to do with the raising of that flag.” He says it was his wife who raised the flags and he asked her to take them down.

The controversy has brought to the fore broader concerns about the Supreme Court's impartiality and ethical practices. Chief Justice John Roberts declined an invitation from Democratic senators to discuss their concerns, further intensifying the debate.

While the political battle over the symbolism and impartiality of the judiciary continues, this issue remains a contentious one in Washington.

Donald Trump praised the judge for his stance.

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