U of U president urges LDS Church members to join ACLU

University of Utah President Michael K. Young has a strong message for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He says freedom of religion is eroding in America and he urges Mormons to join the American Civil Liberties Union.

While speaking at the annual conference of the LDS International Society on Monday at Brigham Young University, Young said religious freedom is about free will and agency.

"We should be among the most passionate civil libertarians in the world," Young said. He expanded this during the question and answer period following his presentation by saying that "we all ought to be members of the ACLU."

Young is an expert on religious liberties and served as a member of the United State Commission on International Religious Freedom for seven years. He also is an adviser on religious freedom to the LDS Church.

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