In her op-ed for the Deseret News, Hillary Clinton talks about her similarities to Utah leaders when it comes to religious freedoms and the constitution.
I’ve been fighting to defend religious freedom for years. As secretary of state, I made it a cornerstone of our foreign policy to protect the rights of religious minorities around the world — from Coptic Christians in Egypt to Buddhists in Tibet. And along with Jon Huntsman, our then-ambassador in Beijing, I stood in solidarity with Chinese Christians facing persecution from their government.
We stood up for these oppressed communities because Americans know that democracy ceases to exist when a leader or ruling faction can impose a particular faith on everyone else.
That was true all the way back in 1786, when Thomas Jefferson wrote that “all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion.” One year later, that idea was enshrined in our Constitution forever. It’s one of the sacred ideals that defines us as a country. And it’s something that Donald Trump doesn’t seem to grasp.
She also later goes on and quotes the General Primary President, Sister Rosemary M. Wixom:
‘As individuals we are strong. Together, with God, we are unstoppable.’ Sister Wixom is right, and she’s not alone. Generations of LDS leaders, from Joseph Smith and Brigham Young to Gordon Hinckley and Thomas Monson, have noted the infinite blessings we have received from the Constitution of the United States.
Read the entire op-ed at the Deseret News.