Hatch: We must ensure that legal protections do not trample upon basic religious liberties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a current member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the lead Republican author of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, issued the following statement Friday after numerous media reports stated the White House executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors based on sexual orientation and gender identity will not include a clear exemption for religious organizations.
Sen. Hatch:

An executive order prohibiting workplace discrimination that lacks a clear religious exemption would demonstrate, yet again, the Obama administration’s consistent disregard for religious liberty. Respect for the free exercise of religion is essential to our character as a nation and has, until recently, enjoyed strong support from leaders of all political persuasions. In seeking to curtail unjust discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, we must ensure that legal protections do not trample upon basic religious liberties. That’s why I worked with Republicans and Democrats to include a  religious exemption and non-retaliation provision in the bipartisan Employment Non-Discrimination Act that passed the Senate. President Obama should not unilaterally disregard our successful effort to achieve a bipartisan consensus that both promotes nondiscrimination and protects fundamental religious liberties.

Submitted by the Office of Orrin Hatch

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  • Big Guy July 19, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Yet another demonstration of Obama choosing to ignore Federal laws with which he doesn’t agree. His 2012 election year gambit announcing that he wasn’t going to enforce immigration laws in order to win Hispanic votes has resulted in this year’s immigration crisis. He’s chosen to “waive” or ignore 38 different Obamacare provisions that he feels will further alienate voters, a majority of whom already disapprove of the law. And where he doesn’t have legal authority but wants to “enact” his “progressive” agenda anyway, his EPA has declared carbon dioxide as a pollutant so he can shut down coal fired power plants and the entire coal mining industry. Whether one believes burning coal is okay or not, the president doesn’t have the authority to abolish it. Obama is the worst president since Warren G. Harding (1921-23).

  • Rex Bush July 19, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Senator Hatch, in your Press Release of June 25, 2014 you stated “I oppose discrimination based on sexual orientation….”

    However, in your Press Release of July 18, 2014 (just 23 days later) you attacked the President’s order banning sexual orientation discrimination by federal contractors.

    Which is it Senator? Are you for or against discrimination based on sexual orientation?

    • Hmmm? July 20, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      It’s clear as day. He’s against it…. Except when it’s a religious decision, then he’s all for it. Which thanks to Hobby Lobby, business decisions can now be religious decisions. So hey, he can actually touch the ground on both sides of his fence.

  • St. George Resident July 20, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Discrimination against other human beings is not a “fundamental religious liberty”. It is an act of aggression.

    • St. Geo Senior July 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      So Senator Hatch… Your right to trample on others rights should not be impaired because of your religious beliefs?

      How far do you intend to take this concept? Certain middle eastern religions believe that it is OK to murder non-believers because of their religious beliefs. I believe the word jihad comes to mind. And what if religions here in Utah start to follow some practices of the 1800’s known as “blood atonement”?

  • Hmmm? July 20, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Question: Why is this executive order a big deal? And why to Hatch? I mean besides the whole “I’m against whatever the president does” thing? Are there any meaningful statistics out there on how many federal contractors are against this? Or even fluttered an eyelash at this? I assume that most of these contractors already realize they have to jump through many various hoops to get these contracts. Would this additional provision to their contracts be so burdensome? What federal contractors are out there hiring/continuously employing people based on religious reasons vs job performance reasons? When we find out who they are, maybe Hatch can look into those contracts to find ways of reducing our national debt and then send out another “release from the office of Orrin Hatch”.

  • St. Geo Senior July 21, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Oh Orin, Orin, Orin…. On Memorial Day Orin gave a speech praising veterans. When he got back to Washington DC he votes AGAINST the veterans appropriations bill. Two faced, “talking out of both sides of his mouth”, I guess Orin doesn’t think anyone is paying attention.

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