Freedom of Religion or Belief: Articles and Speeches

The Joseph Smith Papers – Religious Freedom 

President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor, First Presidency, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
“Religious Freedom in a Pluralistic Society”
Claremont Graduate University Religious Freedom Conference, 25 March 1016
 “The Boundary Between Church and State”
Second Annual Sacramento Court/Clergy Conference, 20 October 2015
“Challenges to Religious Freedom”
Argentina Council for Foreign Relations (CARI), 23 April 2015
“Hope for the Years Ahead”
Utah Valley University’s Constitutional Symposium on Religious Freedom, 16 April 2014
“Strengthening the Free Exercise of Religion”
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Canterbury Medal Dinner, NYC, 16 May 2013
“Preserving Religious Freedom”
Chapman University School of Law, 4 Feb 2011
“Religious Freedom under the US Constitution”
Brigham Young University-Idaho, 13 Oct 2009

Elder L. Whitney Clayton, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
“In the Marrow of Their Bones”: The Latter-day Saint Experience of Religion as Identity
Religious Freedom Annual Review, Brigham Young University, June 20, 2018

Matthew S. Holland, President, Utah Valley University
“Religious Liberty v Secularity”
Keynote Address, Religious Freedom Annual Review, Brigham Young University, July 7, 2016

Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
“Religious Freedom and Fairness for All”
Devotional Address, Brigham Young University, September 15, 2015

Elder Bruce C. Hafen, Emeritus General Authority and Member of the First Quorum of Seventy, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
“Religious Freedom and the Habits of the Heart”
Law & Religion Devotional, Oxford Meetinghouse, Reading England Stake, 21 June 2015

Elder Quentin L. Cook, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
“Religious Liberty Lecture”
Notre Dame Sydney School of Law, Sydney, Australia, May 27, 2015
“The Restoration of Morality and Religious Freedom”
Brigham Young University-Idaho, 16 Dec 2011

Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
“A Celebration of Religious Freedom”
Interfaith Address in São Paulo, Brazil, April 29, 2015
“Religious Freedom: The Foundational Freedom”
J. Reuben Clark Society, UK & Ireland Chapter, Second Annual Conference, Downing College, Cambridge University, 11 August 2017

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 
“Faith, Family, and Religious Freedom”
Remarks at Chapman University, Fish Interfaith Center, Orange, CA, 26 February 2015
“Faith, Family, and Religious Freedom”
Remarks at the Annual J. Reuben Clark Law Society Conference in Washington DC, 15 February 2013
Reprinted Clark Memorandum, Fall 2013

Elder Lance B. Wickman, General Counsel, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
“From Plaza to Postage Stamp: The Threatened Demise of Religion in the Public Square”
J. Reuben Clark Law Society 2010 Annual Meeting, 11 February 2010

W. Cole Durham, Jr., Robert Theron Smith, William C. Duncan
“A Comparative Analysis of Laws Pertaining to Same-Sex Unions”

Brett G. Scharffs, Rex E. Lee Chair and Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School; Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University
The Most Important Three Things in the World”
Brigham Young University Devotional, 12 May 2009
“Studying Law in the Light”
Conference of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools, U of St. Thomas School of Law, 18 September 2014
“Audacious Faith: Appreciating the Unique Power and Singular Appeal of LDS Doctrine”
Brigham Young University Forum Address, 18 October 2016

Thomas C. Berg, James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of St. Thomas
“Faith, Freedom, and the First Amendment: The Guarantee of Religious Liberty”
The Heritage Foundation: First Brinciples, 27 Mar 2012

Heiner Bielefeldt, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
“Limitations on religions freedom have ‘chilling effect'”
New Europe: The European Political Newspaper, Online Post, 15 Nov 2010

Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
“Religion in the Public Realm Is Vital” 
Religion and Globalisation Seminar: Religion in the Public Square, secularism or laïcité?, 10 Nov 2011

Hillary Rodham Clinton, United States Secretary of State
“On International Religious Freedom”
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 30 July 2012

W. Cole Durham, Jr., Founding Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies
“Religious Freedom in a Worldwide Setting: Comparative Reflections”  
Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 30 Apr 2011
 “The Doctrine of Religious Freedom”
Brigham Young University, 3 Apr 2001

Wilfred McClay
 “Honoring Faith in the Public Square”
 Christianity Today, Nov 2012

Evangelicals and Catholics Together
“In Defense of Religious Freedom”
 First Things, Mar 2012

Thomas F. Farr, Director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Visiting Associate Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
“Religious Freedom, John Paul the Great, and American National Interests”
Pope John Paul II Forum for the Church in the Modern World, Houston, Texas, 11 Nov 2010
“The Catholic Church and the Global Crisis of Religious Liberty”
Address to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 13 Jun 2012

Jonathan Henry Sacks, Baron Sacks, Formerly Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom
“A Free Society is a Moral Achievement”
Address upon receiving The Bradley Prize, Washington, DC, 22 June 2016
“Address to Pope Benedict XVI”
St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, 17 Septempber 2010
“Improving Interfaith Dialogue in Multicultural Britain”
 House of Lords Debate, 8 September 2010

Douglas Laycock, Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law, Horace W. Goldsmith Research Professor of Law, and Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia School of Law
“American Religious Liberty, French Laïcité, and the Veil” 
St. John’s University School of Law Center for Law and Religion, Paris, 11 June 2010
“Religious Liberty in America: A Rapid Fire Overview”
Human Rights, Summer 2006

Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, President, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
“Catholics and Latter-day Saints: Partners in the Defense of Religious Freedom”
Brigham Young University, 23 February 2010

Robert P. George, Princeton University
“On the Moral Purposes of Law and Government”
Brigham Young University, 28 October 2008

Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard; former U.S. Ambassador to The Holy See
“Justice and Human Rights: Reflections on the Address of Pope Benedict to the UN” 
 European Journal of International Law Vol. 19, No. 5, 2008
“First of Freedoms? How religious liberty could become a second-class right.”
America: The National Catholic Weekly, 5 March 2012

His Holiness Benedict XVI
“Address to the Members of the General Assembly of the United Nations”
New York City, 18 April 2008

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
“Our First, Most Cherished Liberty”  [local pdf]
Administrative Council of the USCCB document, March 2012