Update: Keynote speaker (and University of Utah president) Michael Young brought this surprising bit of advice:
Mormons ought to be “among the most passionate civil libertarians in the world” to preserve religious freedoms.
“We all ought to be members of the ACLU,” Young said Monday in a question-and-answer session after addressing the LDS International Society at Brigham Young University during a conference on the erosion of religious liberties.
“Im always struck,” he said, “by the extent to which freedom of religion is so profoundly connected to other civil liberties.”
As Mormons find allies among civil libertarians, Young said, “we would need to carry our half of the burden, which means we need to be better champions of civil rights more broadly and human rights more broadly.”
“We need to do this very much for the right reasons,” he added, “not just to save the world for Mormon missionaries, as laudable and important as that is.”