By Jason A. Kofoed
One of our most basic, fundamental rights has been agressively attacked in recent years: the freedom of religion. It has been said that society today has so neglected the freedom of religion that it has evolved into a freedom from religion, meaning that secularism now dominates our society and culture. Many who have a belief in God and who choose to worship Him as they seem fit are hesitant to be too open and vocal about it. Why? Are we afraid of what others may think? Are we so indifferent, apathetic and cowardly that we worry more about offending man than we do about offending God? I've said it before and I will say it again...and will continue saying it until America wakes up and takes action: The only way to save this nation is to repent (as a nation and as individuals) and turn back to God (as a nation and as individuals). There is no other way whatsoever. We can't repair the damage done to this once-great nation by overhauling our 3 branches of government, nor can we repair the damage by agressive fiscal overhauls. All the ills we see and experience within and around us are but symptoms of the root problem which is that we have turned away from God and allowed secularism to take over- to rule and reign over us. In fact, I would go so far as to say that if there is any "religion" thriving on Earth today, it is the worship of idols and even Satan himself. Take a look around and see if I'm not right. How about you- where do you stand? Are you right with God and your fellow men? Do you strive to obey God's commandments as well as serve Him and your brothers and sisters around you? I know I can do better...and I strive to do so each and every day. I know of the great blessings and cursings associated with this choice land we live in and know that I must do all that I can to bring forth righteousness within myself, as well as working to help others do the same. There will be a Judgement Bar and each and every one of us will stand before it one day. Are we ready today?
All of that being said, and back to the original intent of this post, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has recently released new resources to encourage and assist each one of us in working to preserve and maintain our right to worship God as we see fit. The following can be found on the Church's websited, link provided below:
Church Launches New Resources
on Freedom of Religion
10 September 2013
Salt Lake City —
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published new resources today to help people of conscience everywhere understand the importance of protecting religious freedom. These new resources include a unique animated video and other videos that stress the importance of preserving freedom of religion, a “Support Religious Freedom” Facebook page that provides news and information about religious freedom, and a topic page that lays out the principles of religious freedom and suggests ways to engage this issue.
An introductory video features Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who emphasizes that the “essential freedoms of conscience, embedded in religious liberty, must be diligently preserved and protected.”
Leaders of many faiths, including Mormon apostles, have expressed deep concern that religious liberty is eroding in the United States and around the world. These resources contribute to the many conversations taking place on this topic and highlight freedom of religion as a fundamental human right that protects the conscience of all people and allows them to act upon what they deeply believe. Churches, religious organizations and individuals face increasing restrictions as they participate in the public square, exercise conscience in their professions, express their beliefs or serve in society.
“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,” Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has said. “Defend religious freedom on the Internet and in your personal interactions in the neighborhoods and communities where you live.”
Religious Freedom Whiteboard Animation and Other Videos
More than a year ago, the Church posted a series of in-depth commentaries addressing religious freedom on MormonNewsroom.org. The animated video is intended to inform those who have never thought about religious freedom’s importance by providing a more immediate and engaging way to be introduced to the issue.
In the final video, experts and everyday citizens express their thoughts about why religious freedom is so important and what people can do to preserve it.
“Support Religious Freedom” Facebook Page
The new Facebook page titled “Support Religious Freedom” will regularly share news and information about religious freedom, courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Religious Freedom Topic Page
The topic page lays out the principles of religious freedom and offers suggestions on how to engage this issue. Specifically, it encourages people to learn more about religious freedom, study the issues, be civil in conversations and interactions, join with others to promote religious freedom and use the Internet and social media to help others learn about this subject.
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