"Despite most colleges' and universities' founding purpose to produce clergymen and to educate in the truths taught in their chapels, most have now abandoned their role of teaching religion," said Elder Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"With but few exceptions, colleges and universities have become value-free places where attitudes toward religion are neutral at best. Some faculty and administrators are powerful contributors to the forces that are driving religion to the margins of American society. Students and other religious people who believe in the living reality of God and moral absolutes are being marginalized."
Elder Oaks' Harvard speech was delivered to the law school's Latter-day Saints Student Association. In addition to talking about how higher education is destroying faith, Oaks also addressed basic Mormon beliefs such as the purpose of life and personal revelation.
"My object is to illuminate several premises and ways of thinking that are at the root of some misunderstandings about our doctrine and practice," he said.