Mormon Church: Free toleration and equal privileges for all

President Joseph Smith said in 1843:

If it has been demonstrated that I have been willing to die for a ‘Mormon,’ I am bold to declare before Heaven that I am just as ready to die in defending the rights of a Presbyterian, a Baptist, or a good man of any denomination; for the same principle which would trample upon the rights of the Latter-day Saints would trample upon the rights of the Roman Catholics, or of any other denomination who may be unpopular and too weak to defend themselves. It is a love of liberty which inspires my soul—civil and religious liberty to the whole of the human race.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka “Mormons”) also included a second quote from its founder President Smith, said in Nauvoo, Illinois on March 1, 1841:

Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Nauvoo, that the Catholics, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, Latter-day Saints, Quakers, Episcopals, Universalists, Unitarians, Mohammedans [Muslims], and all other religious sects and denominations whatever, shall have free toleration, and equal privileges in this city…

See: LDS Church statement reiterates religious freedom for all

Religious faith and the rule of law

Judges must do all possible to resist the temptation to incarcerate defiant litigants, because incarceration should be the last resort. Judges should enforce their rulings using the least force necessary, not the most force available. And history teaches that for those who conscientiously defy the law — particularly for religious-based reasons — incarceration is often fruitless.

How to Balance Laws, Religious Freedom and LGBT


This LDS Church announcement is brilliant. It is offensive and establishes what the constitutional discussion should be to create new laws to protect rights, and balance religious freedom with LGBT. Until today’s conference I doubt if many people had even thought of creating laws with these issues in balance: