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I make an ‘Appeal to Heaven’ for Judge Alito and his wife

Over the past four years, astute citizens have observed a strange divide. The Supreme Court has returned to the original meaning and intent of the Constitution and the laws of the land. No more the wild legal errors of the courts that created the so-called right to kill unborn babies. This Court is undergoing a long-needed correction. You could call it justice.

At the same time, I see signs of growing injustice. Individuals who were present or near the Capitol on January 6 have been arrested without formal charges or forced to plead guilty to crimes they claim they did not commit. This is in stark contrast to the leniency that progressive prosecutors show toward other offenders. Public figures who questioned the election results have suffered significant personal and professional losses, and many continue to face lawsuits.

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While some are prosecuted with unusual zeal, others are unchecked in their lawless and unruly conduct. Among them are the ‘protesters’ who continue to harass certain members of the Supreme Court at their homes.

And that leads us to Justice Samuel Alito and Mrs. Martha-Ann Alito.

I wonder if law librarian Martha-Ann could have imagined where they would be today when she agreed to marry legal clerk Sam Alito. Did she know about his description in the 1972 Princeton yearbook: “Sam plans to attend law school and eventually win a seat on the Supreme Court.”


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At first glance, that lofty goal might have been pride or arrogance. But Grace Bolge, Judge Alito’s ninth-grade Latin teacher, suggests otherwise: “He was a great student,” she told The Washington Times. “I have to say, though, he was never a rah-rah cheerleading student. In any case, you could call him modest. He could have shown off because the kids knew he was smart, but he wasn’t flashy.

So where did this desire to serve on the Supreme Court come from, if not from ego? It is a perfect example of Ephesians 2:10: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared in advance that we should walk in them.”

We were all created for a divine purpose. God began overturning Roe v. Wade before it was even decided by instilling Sam Alito’s desire to serve on the Supreme Court. I have no idea what gave this son of two teachers the courage to write the decision that corrected decades of flawed constitutional jurisprudence and downright bad legislation. But I know that his leadership at the Court is part of the divine purpose of his life.

Supernatural forces are against divine purposes. This is a truth that is evident throughout the Bible.

The attacks on Judge Alito began before the resulting Dobbs case was even heard. We now know that his wife was also attacked. In his letter this week to the Senate, Judge Alito described what must be only a small part of what Martha-Ann Alito has endured and is enduring:

… I note that she was very upset at the time, largely due to a very nasty neighborhood dispute in which I was not involved. A house on the street showed a sign that personally attacked herAnd a man who lived in the house at the time followed her all the way down the street and berated her in my presence the use of foul language, including what I consider to be the meanest swear word that can be directed at a woman.


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This deeply personal attack on Mrs. Alito by a neighbor prompted her to fly an upside-down American flag, which she told a Washington Post reporter is “an international signal of distress.” Can you blame her for sending out a signal of distress?

And I want to reiterate that this was before the leaked Dobbs decision, before the personal intimidation of judges in their homes, and before the failed assassination attempt on Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

When we read about prominent Democratic politicians demanding Judge Alito’s recusal because his wife is flying an upside-down flag, we should keep this context in mind. What we see happening is a personal attack for political reasons.

As president of Intercessors for America, I pray passionately for the nation’s elected and appointed leaders, including the Supreme Court justices. In the lead-up to the historic Dobbs decision, the IFA organized daily prayers for all Supreme Court justices, their law clerks and key lawyers on both sides. We prayed for everyone by name for more than 50 days. We also prayed for their families, not knowing what Mrs. Alito had suffered. But God knew, and I believe He orchestrated our unusual prayer efforts prior to the catastrophic leak of the Dobbs decision and the very real threats and intimidation facing the judges and their families.

It is no coincidence that the second flag debacle involves the Appeal to Heaven flag that Mrs. Alito displayed in their summer home. This flag is very important to me. The story and the meaning behind it have always touched me.

The motto came from the philosopher John Locke, whose ideas played an important role in the birth of the United States. He said: ‘And where the body of the people, or any individual man, is deprived of his right, or is under the exercise of a power without right, and has no recourse on earth, then they have the liberty to to appeal to heaven….” This sentiment is at the heart of how the Intercessors for America community prays. Whether we find righteousness on earth, we know that we have the freedom and privilege to pray, intercede, and appeal to the sovereign God over heaven and earth.

Why did Mrs. Alito fly that flag? Judge Alito wrote this to Senators Durbin and Whitehouse: “I was not familiar with the ‘Appeal to Heaven’ flag when my wife flew it. She may have said it dates back to the American Revolution, and I assumed she flew it to express a religious and patriotic message. I was not aware of any connection between this historic flag and the Stop the Steal Movement, and neither was my wife. It did not raise it to associate with that or any other group, and the use of an old historical flag by a new group does not necessarily deprive that flag of all other meanings.”

I love that Mrs. Alito has this flag flying over her summer home because I love what it represents: the existence of a higher power and the real hope that praying to Him gives people in unjust or unfair situations.

I have a feeling that Judge Alito’s most important decisions are in the future. Supernational and political forces are trying to thwart God’s divine purposes for Justice and Mrs. Alito. Let us appeal to heaven, to God Almighty, on their behalf. Let us pray for their protection and that they both complete the good works that God has prepared in advance for them in Christ Jesus.

David Kubal is President/CEO of Intercessors for America (IFA), which serves more than one million praying Christians each month. David serves on the National Faith Advisory Board and the National Day of Prayer Task Force and is also regularly featured on national news outlets such as Victory Channel, CBN and Fox News.

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