Orrin Hatch, US Senator from Utah, is possibly the politician voted “most friendly” to the FLDS. (He boasted of playing the organ in their church in Colorado City and pooh poohed suggestions of child abuse there.)
Maybe Senator Hatch has befriended the FLDS because he believes that they have the right to break the law in the name of their religious beliefs, and because his own religion has run afoul of the law in the past for similar reasons.
Now he is arguing once again for extensions to religious freedom in the US.
We are entirely behind the right of individuals to BELIEVE in anything they wish, but are equally against any person or group using religion to excuse themselves for breaking US or state laws
A clear example of how badly wrong things can go under the cloak of “sincerely held religious belief,” is the article we posted below, where a couple’s baby died because they refused medical help based on belief in “faith healing.” If proponents of religious freedom restoration acts have their way, the number of victims could increase without consequence to the lawbreakers.
From the history of the FLDS over the last century, and during this one, it’s clear that they consider it their god-given right to do whatever they want in the name of religion, even if that means “marrying” children and blood relatives. RFRAs may only empower the FLDS and others to continue breaking laws without hindrance.
Constitutional Law expert, Marci Hamilton discusses and dissects the implications of Hatch’s recent speech in the attached article.