Mormonism committed to religious freedom

Some, in this political season, have suggested that Latter-day Saints seek to establish a theocracy. They misunderstand us utterly.

While the church maintains its right to speak out on what it considers moral questions (as other churches and people of faith have done, on issues such as slavery and civil rights), we'll never attempt to impose Mormonism by force. To do so would be to repudiate both our scriptures and our distinctive understanding of the very meaning and purpose of life.

Years ago, I was invited to engage in a "Mormon-Muslim dialogue" at a public university in a nearby state. (The organizers, a campus Islamic group, had originally sought a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, but settled for me.)

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