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Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and a former justice of the Utah Supreme Court, recently discussed the importance of religious freedom in the United States, according to Mormon Newsroom.

Elder Oaks answered questions posed by KSL NewsRadio's Amanda Dickson and Grant Nielsen regarding the country's attitude toward religious freedom.

"I’m very concerned about an argument that’s being made by some scholars that religious freedom doesn’t really add anything to free speech, that as long as ministers are able to speak and as long as people are free to worship — all of that comes under free speech and there’s no reason to be concerned about the free exercise of religion," Elder Oaks said.

Elder Oaks said there are a number of things people can do to exercise their freedom of religion.

"One is to insist upon their right to be heard in the public square," Elder Oaks said.

Elder Oaks believes that even people who don't affiliate with religion can benefit from the preservation of religious freedom.

"The civilized society is held in place by obedience to the unenforceable. And it’s religion that teaches people to obey the unenforceable."

Listen to excerpts from Elder Oaks' interview at