WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Orrin Hatch, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, delivered the eighth and final speech in a series on the importance of religious liberty in public life.
The series, which began in September, focuses on ways this fundamental freedom is under attack both at home and abroad and is informed by his work on the issue spanning over two decades. Hatch was a co-author of the original Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Senator Hatch’s previous speeches addressed the following topics:
- basic principles of religious liberty
- the history of religious liberty
- status and substance of religious liberty
- the balance between faith and public life
- contemporary threats to religious liberty
- threats to religious liberty abroad
- the importance of religious liberty to Democracy
“My purpose in this series is to present the full story of religious freedom, in the hope that we may better understand and appreciate it and draw guidance for the future,” Hatch said. “Charting a path forward requires understanding where we have been and taking stock of where we are right now. The story of religious freedom as I have laid it out shows that we must choose between two starkly different paths.”