Hatch at Religious Freedom Symposium: “Religious Liberty Deserves Attention”

Salt Lake City, UT—This week, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—hosted a religious freedom symposium entitled “Protecting Our Religious Liberty.”

Speakers included: former US Senator Orrin G. Hatch; Leonard Leo, the Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society; Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne, a Member of the UK Parliament; and Professor Brett G. Scharffs, the Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University Law School.

The symposium was attended by leaders of many faiths, including rabbis, pastors, elders, and apostles such as Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shown here with the speakers.
Matt Sandgren, Executive Director of the Hatch Foundation, moderated an interfaith roundtable featuring a lineup of local community leaders.
See below for complete video remarks from all of the speakers, as well as the roundtable.
“The second great commandment is to love your neighbor. To understand this is to know your neighbor is your equal, but may be in a much harder situation than you.” –Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne, UK House of Lords, Founder of the AMAR Foundation
“All human beings are endowed by their creator with inherent and inalienable human dignity. This dignity is the foundation for human rights, and one of the most powerful justifications for religious freedom for all.” –Brett G. Scharffs, BYU Law Professor and Director of the International Center for Law and Religious Studies
“Religious liberty deserves our attention both at home and abroad.” 
-Former Senator Orrin G. Hatch
“[Freedom of religion] protects the right of conscience, not just in houses of worship but in workplaces, schools, hospitals, government offices, and anywhere else we go in this world.”—Leonard Leo, Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society
Panelists included: Chabad Lubavitch’s Rabbi Benjamin Zippel; First Presbyterian’s Pamela Atkinson; Sri Ganesha Temple’s Dr. Neale R. Neelameggham; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Elder Jack. N. Gerard; and Utah Muslim Civic League’s Avais Ahmed.

After the symposium, Senator Hatch and Leonard Leo joined Boyd Matheson, Opinion Editor at Deseret News. Click here to listen. They also discussed Senator Hatch’s op-ed from earlier this week, where he outlines the significant implications of “court-packing.” Click here to read.

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