Video: Elder Cook and other faith leaders on the interface between faith and government

‘We will always be for religious liberty, and we want it for everybody,’ says Elder Quentin L. Cook in a Church News video titled ‘A Righteous Motive’

Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosted members of the New York City Commission of Religious Leaders at the Church’s headquarters in June 2022.

The commission is a body of faith leaders from numerous faith traditions who recognize and support the interface between religion and government.

This Church News video, titled “A Righteous Motive,” features interviews with several members of the commission speaking about the importance of religious liberty.

Without faith in the public square, “we really are in difficult times,” said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, a senior rabbi from New York City, said, “We have a primary right to practice our faith without anyone else interfering with that practice.”

Rabbi Diana Gerson said God’s children “are all connected by the same Creator. We’re all connected by our own faith. And we are all different sides of that beauty that is God.”

Elder Cook said religious liberty matters for both people of faith and those who have no faith. “We feel like that’s a righteous motive,” he said. “That is a motive that is backed by … the scriptures and is something that needs to be preserved.”

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