Just last month the Supreme Court held that the right of religious organizations to decide who may further their religious mission trumps non-discrimination statutes. The Obama administration actually argued that religious organizations are really nothing special, that they should have no more freedom from federal control than, say, a labor union or a social club. Writing for a unanimous Supreme Court, Chief Justice Roberts called this a remarkable view of religious liberty, one that is "hard to square with the text of First Amendment itself, which gives special solicitude to the rights of religious organizations."
Most Americans still believe that. I know that Utahns certainly do. We have a history that only magnifies the precious right of religious liberty. We must stand together to defend that right today.
Orrin Hatch is a U.S. senator from Utah.
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