Here is part of what he said:
HATCH: Let’s be honest about it, in the First Amendment, religious freedom, religious expression, that really express matters to the Constitution. So, if the Muslims own that property, that private property, and they want to build a mosque there, they should have the right to do so. The only question is are they being insensitive to those who suffered the loss of loved ones? We know there are Muslims killed on 9/11 too and we know it's a great religion. . . But as far as their right to build that mosque, they have that right.It's about time a prominent Mormon politician does the right thing on this issue, and amazingly it was Sen. Hatch. Mitt Romney and Harry Reid both gave spineless answers giving in to the fearmongering of anti-Islamists trying to destroy true religious freedom in America. So, though it horrifies me to say it, thank you Sen. Hatch for doing the right thing. For a few moments I'm going to be proud you are my Senator. Let's just sit quietly and enjoy it for a while.
I just think what's made this county great is we have religion freedom. That’s not the only thing, but it’s one of the most important things in the Constitution. [...]
There’s a question of whether it’s too close to the 9/11 area, but it's a few blocks away, it isn't right there. . . And there’s a huge, I think, lack of support throughout the country for Islam to build that mosque there, but that should not make a difference if they decide to do it. I'd be the first to stand up for their rights.
Update: For anyone who wishes to add their voice in defense of the proposed mosque in Manhattan, consider joining the Facebook group "Mormons Who Support a Mosque Near Ground Zero."