Delivering a commencement speech at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Pennsylvania last week, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito warned the graduates that they were heading out into an America much different from the one he grew up in. Alito left no doubt in the minds of the young men and women that religious freedom was a dying concept in today’s United States.

“For most of my life, the American people have been united in their strong respect for religious liberty,” Alito said. “But recently, things have started to change. The idea that speech can be banned if it expresses an idea that is offensive is spreading around the country.”

Alito angered the LGBT community two years ago when he wrote a blistering dissent in the Obergefell v. Hodges case that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. He reminded the students of that dissent in his speech, quoting:

“I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.”

Of course, Alito’s prediction has already begun to materialize. Christian views on marriage are being marginalized as hate speech in mainstream America and it is no longer acceptable in “polite society” to even QUESTION the right of a man to marry another man. And that doesn’t touch on the legal consequences endured by business owners who refuse to be a part of gay wedding ceremonies. Bakeries, florists, T-shirt designers, and even farmers have been persecuted financially for opting out of these ceremonies as anti-discrimination laws are stretched beyond the breaking point.

Meanwhile, we have the rise of safe spaces and other anti-First Amendment movements on college campuses around the country. Tomorrow’s leaders are being indoctrinated to believe that not only are conservative ideas wrong ideologically, they’re actually WRONG, morally and legally. And while a handful of academics have tried to push back on this harmful trend, too many school administrators have given into the pressure, fearful of the protests and riots we’ve seen unfold when crybaby liberals don’t get their way.

THANK GOD Donald Trump won in November, thus giving us a conservative Supreme Court majority for the foreseeable future. Because once we lose the high court to the liberals, all bets are off when it comes to our cherished freedoms.