An apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said religious freedom is being threatened by societal forces intimidating those with religious points of view from having a voice in the public square.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks made the comments today in a major address to Brigham Young University-Idaho students on the importance of preserving the religious freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

Learn more through the following materials:

A. The Church’s news release on Elder Oaks’ address.  Additional links here to Elder Oaks’ professional background and biographical information.

B. Coverage of the story in the Mormon Times.

C. The transcript of Elder Oaks’s address at BYU-Idaho.

D. The following video, containing a detailed interview in which Elder Oaks responds to a series of questions on the subject of religious freedom and his recent public statements on this subject.  The interview is excellent, enlightening, and rather lengthy.  It is also available on the Church’s newsroom site.

http://www.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/media/mediaplayer.swf?media=http://broadcast.lds.org/newsroom/video/flv/Elder_Oaks_BYUI_13Oct09.flv&type=FLV

E. An editorial by Joseph A. Cannon, editor of the Deseret News, commenting on Elder Oaks’ remarks, “Mormons Entitled to Defend Themselves.”  Cannon says Oaks’ speech was “elegant, articulate and unambiguous”, and terms it a call to action.