Why religious freedom matters to society and individuals, religious or not

Published: Friday, April 4 2014 1:05 p.m. MDT

Von G. Keetch notes why religious freedom is important for both the religious and nonreligious in a Patheos article.

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The Patheos article "We Can't Afford to Let Religious Freedom Slip," posted March 28, notes why religious freedom is important for both the religious and nonreligious.

Citing leaders like Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Kerry and the research of Pat Fagan and the Pew Research Center, Von G. Keetch, Chief Outside Legal Counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, states that religion provides benefits to people and society.

"No wonder religious freedom is often considered our first, most cherished liberty," Keetch writes. "In addition to its precious value to the individual, religious freedom is an important public good that strengthens all of society. Whether we are religious or not, we all have a personal stake in protecting religious liberty because all of us reap its benefits."

Read the entire article at Patheos.

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