Utah People's Party

…proclain liberty through out all the land….(Leviticus 25:10)

What is your stand on freedom of religion?

on December 6, 2012

We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may. (Articles of Faith 11)

Each person living among us must be allowed to choose his religious beliefs and practices according to the dictates of his own conscience. This right, like all other morally valid rights, is a gift from God to each person. The right to choose religious beliefs and practices is the right to make one’s own choice regardless of whether that choice is right or wrong. Furthermore, the freedom of speech is the right to share one’s opinions with others without interference from government no matter how certain government officials feel that the opinions in question are wrong, offensive or dangerous. It is good that both our federal and our state constitutions give protection to freedom of religion and to freedom of speech. The practical value of the protection any constitution can provide to individual rights depends on concerned citizens insisting that constitutional limits on the powers of government are binding rules not mere suggestions. Any government official that disregards a constitutional limit on his powers violates his oath of office. The recent trend of more and more people claiming that religion is a private matter, not to be spoken of in public is a harmful trend. Our Lord urges us.

Therefore, hold up your light that it may shine unto the world. Behold I am the light which ye shall hold up—that which ye have seen me do. Behold ye see that I have prayed unto the Father, and ye all have witnessed. (3 Nephi 18:24)

In order for our Heavenly Father to save his children, those who know the gospel must share their knowledge with every person who is willing to listen without government interference. While all persons of every faith have the rights just mentioned, it is those of the majority faith that have the most votes, so it is those of the majority faith that can most effectively resist the current trend of militant secularization. Furthermore, precisely because of the potential political clout of those in the religious majority, secular zealots tend to focus their attacks on the freedom of those in that majority. Our efforts to defend our own freedom of religion and freedom of speech will indirectly protect the rights of all citizens of every faith because we will be trimming back the unconstitutional powers which threaten all faiths.

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