Speaking to students at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, Tuesday, September 15, 2015, Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said, “Our society has become so blind by its quest to redress wrongful discrimination against one class of people that it is now in danger of creating another victimized class: people of faith like you and me.”
Religious freedom is a vitally important topic, and it is attracting more public attention. Elder Rasband said the Church has consistently stood for freedom of choice and conscience. He referred to a statement Joseph Smith made in 1843: “We believe that … all men are created equal, and that all have the privilege of thinking for themselves upon all matters relative to conscience.”
He mentioned three ways religious people can support religious freedom and fairness for all.
- View others through a lens of fairness. First acknowledge that Heavenly Father loves all of His children equally. The Savior said, “Love one another, as I have loved you.”
- Let fairness guide your treatment of others. Jesus Christ looked past people’s ethnicity, rank and circumstances in order to teach them simple truth.
- Stand up for fairness if you see another’s rights being impeded.
Elder Rasband told the students that the world needs active involvement from their generation on this topic. “I stand with the leaders of our Lord’s Church when I say that we need your generation’s natural understanding of compassion, respect and fairness. We need your optimism and your determination to work through these complex social issues.”
He invited listeners to visit his Facebook page and share their experiences and successes in creating friendships with those who see life differently than they do.
“In the next few days, will you head to my page on Facebook? I would love for you to leave me a comment about your desires to and experiences of spreading our message of fairness for all,” he said. “I want to hear from you!”
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.