"Be an active participant, not a silent observer."
Elder Quentin L. Cook
Defending Religious Freedom in a Secular Society
New YouTube Channel on Religious Freedom
The "People of Faith" YouTube channel has posted a video titled "Religious Freedom Is Our First Freedom." The video shows people from various faiths participating in both religious and community activities, and the message at the end supports religious freedom as fundamental to our society, stating, "As the world threatens to shrink the value of religious beliefs, people of faith show that religious freedom is at the heart of what makes the world a better place. Religious freedom is the freedom of conscience; the freedom to think, act and follow one's beliefs. In America, it is our first freedom." Read more...
Lessons from Nehemiah to Help Us Defend and Protect Religious Liberty
In recent years, several members of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have counseled us to protect and defend religious liberty. They have taught that we must be civil in our discourse, become educated and assume responsibility, work with other faiths, speak up, and educate others. They have counseled us to do this on the Internet and in our own communities, and to be wise in our efforts. We have also been told that extraordinary effort will be required to protect religious liberty. The threats to religious liberty are very real, and there is a great need for people of faith to rise to the occasion and defend religious freedoms. Fortunately, the Old Testament book of Nehemiah provides many important lessons about how we can apply Apostolic counsel to "work together to both protect religious freedom and restore morality.") Read more...
Benefits of Religious Freedom to Business
Religious freedom is one of only three factors significantly associated with global economic growth, according to a new study by Brian Grim, Gregory Clark, and Robert Snyder. The study examines and finds a positive relationship between religious freedom and ten of the twelve pillars of global competitiveness, as measured by the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index. Religious hostilities and restrictions create climates that can drive away local and foreign investment, undermine sustainable development, and disrupt huge sectors of economies. Religious freedom when respected within a company can also directly benefit the bottom line. This includes both improved morale and lower costs. For a copy of the study, "Is Religious Freedom Good for Business?: A Conceptual and Empirical Analysis", please click on the following link: http://www.religjournal.com/pdf/ijrr10004.pdf
Strength to Protect and Defend Religious Freedom through the Enabling Power of the Atonement
In recent years, several members of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have spoken about the need to protect and defend religious liberty. But given our individual challenges and responsibilities coupled with the ever growing anti-religious sentiment in society, we can feel very overwhelmed and incapable of carrying out this prophetic direction. Fortunately, teachings from both the Book of Mormon as well as living day Apostles about weakness, the great and abominable church and the enabling power of the Atonement provide essential guidance about how we can apply Apostolic counsel to "work together to both protect religious freedom and restore morality." Elder Quentin L. Cook, "Restoring Morality and Religious Freedom," Ensign, September 2012, p. 37. Read more...