​​​​Freedom-of-Religion

Freedom of religion enables peoples to live together.


​"Freedom of religion is central to the ability of peoples to live together. We must always examine the ways in which we protect it." 

President Barack Obama, June 4, 2009, Human Rights First, "How to Promote International Religious Freedom: Blueprint for the Next Administration," Dec. 2012 http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/blueprints2012/HRF_Religious_Freedom_blueprint.pdf.


"The Religious Liberty clauses are both a protection of individual liberty and a provision for ordering the relationship of religion and public life. They allow us to live with our deepest differences." 

"Why We Need Religious Freedom," Mormon Newsroom, Commentary, Feb. 3, 2012, http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/why-religious-freedom.

5. Religious freedom encourages diversity and tolerance

Why is religious freedom generally important?

Religious freedom enables diversity to be a source of national strength

"[F]reedom of religion and conscience require more than simply living and coexisting with our differences. These preeminent freedoms also create rejuvenating obligations. All recipients of religious freedom — every group and individual who is free to live according to the dictates of conscience - must in turn protect that same freedom for all others, especially the most vulnerable, whether religious or not. That is the obligation. And it is rejuvenating because it 'enable[s] diversity to be a source of national strength.'" 

"Why We Need Religious Freedom," Mormon Newsroom, Commentary, Feb. 3, 2012, http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/why-religious-freedom.