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Pew: Religion Losing Influence in America

A new study from the Pew Research Center shows that 72 percent of the United States public thinks religion is losing influence in American life, the highest level in Pew Research polling over the past 10 years. Significantly, most of the respondents who say religion's influence is waning describe this as a bad thing.

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Religious Freedom: A Precious Individual Value and Public Good

Religious freedom is not only a “precious value to the individual,” but also “an important public good that strengthens all of society.” That’s the message from Von G. Keetch, the Chief Outside Legal Counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a blogging panel at religion news website Patheos.com. His essay is featured alongside several others in a Patheos Public Square debate about the vitality of religious freedom in the United States.

Church Leader Speaks About Joseph Smith during Missouri Legal Gathering

Emeritus General Authority and general counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Lance B. Wickman, was on the Kansas City campus of the University of Missouri earlier this month to speak at a gathering of the Liberty Missouri Stake of the Church and the Alexander W. Doniphan Community Services and Leadership Foundation on 14 February 2014.

Iowa Governor Declares 16 January Religious Freedom Day in His State

Local leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined Catholic, Hindi and Presbyterian leaders in Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s office last week as he signed a proclamation that declares 16 January as Religious Freedom Day in his state. In the proclamation, Governor Branstad notes that Iowa has a “long history of welcoming and protecting people of divergent faiths by allowing them to live according to their own beliefs.”

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Mormon Apostle Speaks on “Big Issues” of Faith, Family, Religious Freedom

Three issues of paramount importance to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — faith, family and religious freedom — are the subject of an address from Church Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland published in the fall 2013 edition of the Clark Memorandum (the BYU law school magazine).

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Baptist Leader at BYU: Religious Freedom is Threatened

A Baptist leader spoke at Church-owned Brigham Young University this week about increasing threats to religious freedom.

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, said he believes Mormons and Baptists “may go to jail together.”

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Serious Discussion on Religious Liberty

This week, scholars from across the country gathered at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, for a two-day conference entitled “Religious Liberty in an Age of Change.”  They offered opinions and experiences in debate that exemplified serious and respectful conversation on the topic. 

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PBS Documentary on Religious Freedom

A documentary on religious freedom was aired Tuesday, 18 December, on PBS. The show is called First Freedom and explores the importance of religious freedom as framed by the founders of the United States.

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Religious Leaders Consider Vital Need for Religious Freedom

Religious, political and academic leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., Thursday to discuss the importance of protecting religious freedom at the American Religious Freedom Program conference.

Faith Leaders Gather in Pacific Over Freedom of Religion

Elder James J. Hamula joined Samoa’s head of state and leaders of other faiths last week in the first “Managing Religious and Cultural Diversity in the Pacific” conference at the National University of Samoa in Apia.

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