Trump signs Hatch bill to protect religious institutions, property from persecution

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  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Oct. 4, 2018 8:36 a.m.

    What about that proposed mosque in lower Manhatten? That's a great place for devout believers to mourn the tragic cruelty of their brothers, just as I do when I attend my Christian church.

  • Contemplator Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2018 2:34 p.m.

    "Attacks on houses of worship and affiliate community centers are "inexcusable," he said."

    Yes, they are inexcusable, but are they somehow more inexcusable than attacks on houses in which typically no worship takes place (e.g., a public library)?

  • chuckster Saratoga Springs, UT
    Oct. 3, 2018 10:12 a.m.

    This is common sense...period.

  • BI Orem, UT
    Oct. 3, 2018 7:33 a.m.

    "property that is leased by religious institutions" A residential/commercial rental leased by a religion, is more valuable than that leased by an individual investor, for example.

  • Sutton Cedar City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2018 7:26 a.m.

    As an Atheist are my property and institutions protected???

  • GingerMarshall Brooklyn, OH
    Oct. 3, 2018 7:08 a.m.

    I know the Pagan community is going to appreciate this law. While some organizations have incorporated because they're large enough to have the legal need of structure, many smaller covens and groves and gatherings are informal.

    Under this law taking the time to formally organize will clearly provide better protection - and clearer penalties - against persecution and harassment from "neighbors."


  • Ranch Here, UT
    Oct. 3, 2018 7:04 a.m.

    Finally, Hatch does something worthwhile!

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Oct. 3, 2018 6:16 a.m.

    Our best source of protection is to be good, kind people. When people who call themselves 'religious' and 'God-fearing' support and engage in hurtful and divisive dialog, which the Right is fully vested in with Trump & co., they degrade themselves and their beliefs, and put their religion at risk for persecution.

    Let the 'Left' do what they want, let's worry more about how we conduct our lives, how we speak and how we treat others.

  • SAS Sandy, UT
    Oct. 3, 2018 1:35 a.m.

    @Mainly Me:

    "When has any law stopped a criminal from committing a crime?"

    If it were indeed the case that laws don't stop criminals, then wouldn't it make sense to get rid of those laws--along with the police forces, courts, and prisons that uphold them--and simply let people "defend themselves without penalty?"

    Your argument makes the assumption that it's a simple and straightforward matter to distinguish the criminals (who will do crime no matter what) from the good, law abiding citizens (who will only be inconvenienced by any laws). In reality, it's not that simple.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Oct. 2, 2018 10:20 p.m.

    This is all well and good, and I'm glad that this law was passed. However, what good is it going to do? When has any law stopped a criminal from committing a crime? Sure, he can be put in jail after the fact, but that isn't going to do his victims any good. Let people defend themselves without penalty (as long as they don't go too far overboard).

  • SAS Sandy, UT
    Oct. 2, 2018 8:15 p.m.

    So, how about that proposed mosque in lower Manhattan? We need to combat religious persecution, after all....