The Church of Jesus Christ Has New Resources on Freedom of Religion

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Announcements | 0 comments

Religious freedom is under constant bombardment from those who vehemently oppose anything that is closely associated with, or remotely resembles anything of a religious nature. It seems that at almost every turn, some effort is being made to eradicate Almighty God from any facet of human life. There are some, who in their finite wisdom, believe that they are all powerful, and all knowing, and there is no need for God. Therefore, if they feel that there is no need for God, then their objective is to deprive any God –loving, God-fearing person of the freedom to worship God according to the dictates of their conscience. As a result, man begins to find himself on a never-ending downward spiral, and will continue on that downward journey unless good Christian people arise and speak up in defense of religious freedom.

The Church of Jesus Christ Introduces New Freedom of Religion Resources

The battle for religious freedom is of eternal purpose - Dallin H. OaksMembers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently referred to as the “Mormon” Church by the media and others) are all too familiar with religious persecution as it was an integral part of early Church history when Saints were forced out of communities because of their religious beliefs.

In an effort to help people of all religious faiths and denominations to have a better understanding of the importance of protecting religious freedom, The Church of Jesus Christ has made new resources available on the worldwide web. The new resources that are now available include videos, including an animated whiteboard presentation, that teach what religious freedom is and what each person can do to help preserve religious freedom, a new Facebook page “Support Religious Freedom” that is updated regularly to provide current information about the religious freedom issue, and a topic page that presents the principles of religious freedom and offers helpful suggestions for everyone to get actively engaged in protecting religious freedom.

Videos and Social Media Help to Enhance Learning about Religious Freedom

In the introductory video, Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (the second highest governing body of The Church of Jesus Christ), teaches that the “essential freedoms of conscience, embedded in religious liberty, must be diligently preserved and protected.” [1]

Elder Quentin L. Cook, also of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has taught,

It is important to become well-educated on this issue and take responsibility to pass on to future generations the religious freedom you now enjoy. Defend religious freedom on the Internet and in your personal interactions in the neighborhoods and communities where you live. [1]

The animated whiteboard presentation is designed to introduce the importance of religious freedom to those who perhaps have never considered religious freedom to actually be an issue.

A third video engages the conversation of experts and everyday citizens as to why they believe religious freedom is so important and how some of them are actively engaged in preserving those freedoms in their everyday lives.

A new Facebook page titled “Support Religious Freedom” has been developed to keep visitors to the page abreast of current news and information about religious freedom, courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Religious Freedom Topic Page

The topic page outlines the principles of religious freedom and suggests ways in which all concerned can become actively involved in preserving religious freedom through various venues such as casual conversations, and the use of the internet and social media.

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