Church distributes radio programs

Two radio documentaries dealing with religious freedom and religious tolerance are being distributed by the Church to radio stations, newspapers and religious and community groups throughout the United States as a public service.

The 30-minute programs, "Religious Freedom" and "Religious Tolerance," were produced by the Church's Public Affairs Department as part of "Times and Seasons," a series of radio programs."Distribution of the programs is timely in light of the public support for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which prohibits government from interfering with the free exercise of religion," said Gerry Pond, executive director of the programs.

"Religious Freedom" "looks at an aspect of life that many take for granted," Brother Pond noted. "It examines the history of religious freedom and its importance in contemporary society."

The program reminds people that all other freedoms are contingent upon having the freedom to believe and worship as one chooses. The documentary also notes how people throughout the world are gaining newfound religious freedoms.

"Religious Tolerance" "examines the importance of living together in peace and harmony despite our differences in doctrine and practices," Brother Pond explained. "This program features religious people of many different faiths calling for respect and cooperation between and among all denominations worldwide."

"Taking time to hear what the experts say about these important issues will be a rewarding investment in understanding and appreciating our heritage and the wonderful diversity our nation fosters," Brother Pond commented.

By distributing the audio cassettes, the Church hopes to perpetuate an environment in which religious freedom and diversity can continue to not only survive, but also thrive with mutual respect, understanding and tolerance, he said.

The tapes can be used for public service radio broadcasts, leading classroom or conference discussions, for building interfaith relations and as library resources.

For further information about the programs, call 1-800-453-3860, extension 4397. Transcripts of the programs are available by calling 1-800-453-3860, extension 4612.

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