Little Sisters of the Poor are the wealthy right wing's perfect avatar - 2020-07-21
On July 8, for the third time in five years, the Little Sisters of the Poor emerged victorious from their latest religious liberty fight in the Supreme Court.
Though COVID-19 kept them away from the courtroom to witness their latest case, Little Sisters of the Poor Sts. Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania, one could imagine the small collection of older women in gray habits spilling out onto the steps of the Supreme Court smiling and waving, as they have after similar wins.
The Little Sisters of the Poor, we have learned, are neither little, nor poor. They are an avatar for the wealthy and powerful Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a well-oiled legal organization backed by the Knights of Columbus and other wealthy Catholic donors. The Becket Fund provided counsel on all three of the Sisters' cases. They also won the other July 8 SCOTUS case, Our Lady of Guadalupe v. Morrissey-Berru, which gives religious employers sweeping immunity from nondiscrimination laws.